As we all know, Michael Jackson passed away Thursday after suffering cardiac
arrest. Questions have arisen regarding the cause of his death and what
if any role prescription drugs, notably painkillers, may have played in
the singer's demise. Apparently Mr. Jackson had a personal doctor,
a cardiologist who has an office in Houston, who was present at the time
of death. According to news reports the doctor is not a suspect but the
police do want to speak with him regarding the details leading up to Jackson's
death. The doctor has hired a Houston Criminal Lawyer to represent him.
The abuse of drugs like Lorcet, Soma and Xanax is more common than most
people are aware. As a
Houston Criminal Lawyer I have seen how the abuse of prescription drugs can destroy lives. While
drugs like Cocaine and Heroine are horrible and deadly, prescription drugs
have the same potential to ruin lives. Elvis Presley and possibly Michael
Jackson are just the iconic examples.
I have seen as a
Houston Criminal Defense Attorney that the drug addict is typically the person losing their freedom and
creating havoc in their families lives while drug dealers profit at their
expense. It doesn't matter if the drug dealer is peddling crack cocaine
on a street corner or is a doctor operating a pain clinic handing out
prescriptions without even seeing their "patient." Actually,
it is much more rare for a doctor operating a pain clinic to be a arrested
than your traditional drug dealer. It goes to show you that as a society
we don't view prescription drug addiction as a problem.
We see more and more of these cases on a weekly basis. The most obvious
example is the abuse of Xanax by suburban high school kids. Hopefully
the passing of Michael Jackson will make the families of pain pill users
more aware that addiction and death can come just as easily from across
the counter of a pharmacy as it can from a street corner on the bad side of town.