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Drug Database Created after Michael's Death

9/15/2009 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Officials in California are now making it harder for drug addicts to get their hands on prescription medication -- and they're citing Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith's deaths as reasons why.

Attorney General Jerry Brown announced today that an online database has been created so doctors can keep their eyes on patients' drug records -- making it easier for the docs to determine if someone really needs drugs ... or if they're simply desperate for a fix.

Brown explained the creation of the database by saying, "The recent deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson have made clear to the whole world just how dangerous prescription drug abuse can be."

The database -- called the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (or CURES) -- will be available to doctors, pharmacists and law enforcement officials.

Brown said it contains more than 100 million entries documenting controlled substances in California and can be accessed almost instantly.

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for; while my guitar gently weeps    

9. #1 and #4 - what' is' up' with' you' and' apostrophes'? I couldn't read that without wanting to punch my computer screen!

Posted at 7:33PM on Sep 15th 2009 by Lynne

Not Going To Change; Problem is I want to shout with all Caps starting many words, got yelled at for that, now I slow down readers with"'" I'll cut back little. I'm not a pro writer, I do spell check that most forget, even TMZ misspells to much, so there!

1774 days ago
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Brad    

Michael Jackson is not dead!

1774 days ago
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for; while my guitar gently weeps    

11. So how is this going to work if the Dr.'s and celebs are colluding and using fake names? Is this just going to make it harder on everyday people to get the medication they need and "celebs" and their pushers will continue their merry way? Omar Jackson, Michelle Chase, Howard K. Stern

When is it going to be ILLEGAL for a Dr. to prescribe to himself and not just unethical? That is insane.

Posted at 7:35PM on Sep 15th 2009 by chalkoutline


True, LA PD just made someone do something to relate appearance of problem understanding, this is a weak system of correction.
The Propofol Pharmacy in Las Vegas was busted by DOJ two years ago, the Steroids in Sport scandal, open today after killing Michael Jackson, Woman and Chris Benoit's Son, counting Chris Benoit that four in two years, two users and two innocents.

1774 days ago
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midas360    

I am tired of people blaming others for the death of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson was a drug addict plain and simple. He needed help but was surrounded by enablers. It was no one's fault but his own.

1774 days ago
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pl    

It won't do any good. If you have the money there will ALWAYS be a shady doctor who will find a way around this new database and get the addict what they want for a hefty price.

1774 days ago
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danger baby    

Not sure how effective this will be, but the State is sending a message. It can't hurt.

1774 days ago
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danger baby    

in the case of celebrities using aliases, the doctors can 'link' aliases to the patients real name. shouldn't be that hard.

1774 days ago
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Tina    

NOW THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING, THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR HOW LONG, THEY WANT TO DO SOMETHING NOW BECAUSE THE WORLD NOW KNOW HOW THESE CELEBRITIES ARE ABUSING MEDICATION, HAD THEY DONE SOMETHING LONG TIME AGO OUR ICON MICHAEL JACKSON WOULD BE HERE WITH US, LIKE SOMEONE SAID TO LATE, WHO CARES NOW, THIS IS SAD.

1774 days ago
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lovemichaelforever    

great if they use it-and if it is accessible through their office for the nurses to use.

1774 days ago
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Tina    

TRUTHFULLY, I DON'T GIVE A S*** ANYMORE, THE ONE PERSON THAT MEANT THE WORLD TO ME IS NO LONGER HERE (M.J.), SO ALL THESE CELEBRITIES CAN HAVE A FIELD DAY POP'N PILLS, ABUSING ALL MEDICATION, I DON'T CARE, A FALL'N ANGEL WAS IN NEED OF GUIDANCE, TO BE SHOWN UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND ALL MICHAEL GOT WAS VULTURES IN HIS LIFE, EVERYONE ONE OF THEM NEEDED HIM TO TAKE CARE OF THEM, GET MONEY, HANGING ON TO HIM LIKE A LEECH AND IN RETURN ALL HE WANTED WAS LOVE, FOR HIMSELF AND FOR ALL. SCREW YOUR NEW DATABASE (CURSE)AND ANY WAY THESE DOCTORS WILL FIND A WAY TO GET AROUND THAT DATABASE CRAP, MONEY TALKS TO THEM, THEY NEED THEIR SAILBOATS AND 20 MILLION DOLLAR HOMES.

1774 days ago
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Raejean    

Yeah, and my hopes is that it will shut down a couple of MJ's buddies, who are themselves sporting long histories with plenty of connections to doctors who do this for them. Probably the same people who gave him the first references to how to go about doing it.

1774 days ago
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Disgusting    

As usual, hysteria and overreaction rule.

Two creepo celebrities abuse drugs and the rest of the populations gets treated as criminals and has their privacy invaded.

Meanwhile, why don't they monitor purchases of alcohol to decide who is alcoholic? The two celebrities on drugs hurt only themselves, while millions of alcoholics drive drunk and kill others everyday yet there's no datebase or morality police on them.

Also, who is watching THE DOCTORS, many of whom seem to be high on drugs themselves.

Jerry Brown, you're a fool and are posturing for the upcoming election. No votes for you.

1774 days ago
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Jill    

Midas 360. I guess you are saying the coroner is full of sh*t since he ruled Michael's death a homicide. "death at the hands of another"

1774 days ago
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CindyLu    

Many tabloids are stating that MJ was addicted to drugs. First they show pictures from the raid (when he was accused of child molestion) of all the medications he was on, but if you look at the dates of the pills, they were given months PRIOR to the raid and still had tablets in them. I work for a pain management and abusers normally run OUT of their medications, not have so many around. For all we know, he might have had so many to place in different locations when he traveled. His autopsy showed he had only the medications Dr.Conrad had given him. M.J. trusted his physicians with his treatment, afterall, they went to school,studied, and trained to diagnose and treat patients! MJ DID NOT know about Propofol, doctors had to suggest it and given him a false sense of security with the safety of use with this drug! Which normally is under supervision of a anesthesiologist and hospital setting.
Secondly, C.U.R.E.S, was NOT created after MJ's death. Our office has been using this database for YEARS! This is used as a tool to assist us in treating patients with severe pain with pathology and referred those with aberrant behaviors to addiction specialist.

1774 days ago
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Kim    

I already thought there was some sort of data base for this? And as one comment was made if false names are given do you think the doc is actually going to be putting that into the system? NO!!!!!

And with all the so-called drugs that Michael supposedly was hooked on (Demerol, opiates....) why weren't any of those found in his system? Only pain medication was found, makes you kind of wonder if Michael was really an 'addict'.

I agree with elizabethvitale @16 - Michael is alive. I believe we are going to be in for a shock when everything finally gets revealed. If I am wrong (and 1/2 the world seems to agree with me that he is alive) there is going to be some deep mourning going on.

For all the people who are hooked, I hope you find your way.

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