Prescription for Disaster: Michael Jackson

Commonalities in Celebrity Deaths

According to court documents, Michael Jackson died of a drug overdose of propofol, a powerful sedative that he was given to help him sleep. Dr. Conrad Murray has admitted to giving Jackson a combination or propofol, Ativan, Valium and Versed on the day he died.

Legal analyst Loni Coombs gives an update on the Michael Jackson case, and Chris examines the commonalities in these celebrity deaths.

 

 

Dr. Phil introduces Dr. Harold Urschel, world-renowned addiction specialist and author of Healing the Addicted Brain, and asks him, "Is it reasonable for an addiction specialist to have a patient come in with a history of drug addiction and prescribe Valium, and Vicodin, and Soma and Haldol? Is that not something that would give you concern?"

[AD]"It's very concerning," he replies, adding that addiction is a disease of the brain. "None of these people who are dying from it or have the addiction are bad people. It's like they have heart attacks. It's like they have diabetes. There's nothing wrong with having an addiction. The problem is we as a society are not treating it effectively."