Monday, November 7, 2011

The Verdict-GUILTY

On June 25th 2009 the world was in disbelief when news broke that Micheal Jackson the king of pop had suffered of cardiac arrest in his Los Angelas home. He was rushed to the hospital,after his heart stopped, and several failed CPR attempts. He died later that morning at age 50, and the world has been in morning ever since. There has been an out cry of, grief which has spread worldwide because Micheal Jackson had so many fans and his impact on the entertainment world was so great. The agony quickly turned to anger when his autopsy revealed his heart attack was due to "acute propofol intoxication". Simply put he died of a drug  overdose. The overdose worked in combination with a lethal prescription drug cocktail—which included the pain killer Demerol, as well as lorazepam, midazolam, benzodiazepine, diazepine and ephedrine—to shut down the star's weakened heart.

Fast forward to 2011, Dr Conrad Murray has been charged with the man slaughter of Micheal Jackson, mainly because he was the doctor that administered these drugs to help him sleep, which Micheal called his milk. Murray claims he was trying to ween the king of pop off the drugs. It later came out that Dr Murray wasn't licensed to prescribe many of the drugs in the state of California. Scrutiny on his actions taken while trying to save Micheal Jackson were addressed, and evidence showed that the standard of care for administering propofol was not met, and the recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing and resuscitation were not present. As a result, Jackson's death was ruled a homicide, and Murray found himself at the center of an involuntary manslaughter investigation. The case has been very controversial and although  far less than Micheal Jackson Dr Conrad Murray has supporters who feel that he was a doctor doing his job and it was Micheal Jackson with a drug addiction. How much do Doctors know about Addiction and how responsible are they for a patients drug problems?

Things that the the jury had to consider

Prosecution highlights from CNN

Defense highlights from CNN

The verdict in this case, will help make clear what doctor, patient relationships are supposed to be, and will definitely bring reform to prescription drug laws and doctor responsibility as far as drug administration to patients. One big issues that needs to be addressed is the USA's dependence on  prescription drugs. We've seem to become the nation of pill poppers. With his conviction he may get up to four years in prison, and have he's medical license revoked. Was justice served? the Ms Vixen team encourages you to leave comments and voice your opinion on the matter.

By Naima Muhammad

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