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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Addiction Expert:

MJ Was Dependent On Demerol

10/27/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Addiction Expert  -- Dr. Robert Waldman Testifies
Updated 10/27/11 at 8:48 AM
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Addiction expert Dr. Robert Waldman -- the defense's penultimate witness -- said Michael Jackson became physically dependent on the pain killer Demerol in the months before he died.

Waldman said Jackson received "unusually large" amounts of the highly-addictive drug during at least 24 visits to his dermatologist between March and June, 2009.

Waldman also said one of the symptoms of withdrawal from the drug is insomnia... a condition MJ was known to suffer from.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff went over medical records from MJ's dermatologist -- Dr. Arnold Klein -- which showed each time Jackson went in for a botox  and anti-perspiration treatments -- relatively painless procedures -- he got a boatload of Demerol.

MJ started his "treatments" in March 2009 ... getting 200 mg of Demerol per visit. By May, he was receiving 300 mg.

During an extremely tense cross examination, Waldman admitted he couldn't say for sure whether MJ was addicted to Demerol ... but he would diagnose him as "dependent."

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Ulja    

It is unreal that the person couldn't fall asleep after acceptance so many tranquilizers.

1100 days ago
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Ulja    

Noone can say what MJ wanted. You didn't be near him when he wanted something.

1100 days ago
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Shannon    

Michael chose the doctor. The doctor chose to be negligent in the treatment provided. Murray caused the death, but so do lots of doctors, every day, and they don't get charged with homicide. Just malpractice.

1100 days ago
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Ulja    

It doesn't matter that we ourself choose doctors for ourself. Sometimes we have not any choice.

1100 days ago
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Gerry    

Doesnt matter, Propofol should have never been used outside of a Hospital! The Dr is still to blame no matter what!

1100 days ago
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Ulja    

MJ wanted be SEDATEd. But not FOREVER! Who want be sedated with 31 litres of propofol? Are you crazy?

1100 days ago
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GBeach    

that does not change the fact that the drug is to be administered in a hospital setting! Freak was at home when he died.

1100 days ago
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Ulja    

Everything has been arranged! They wanted to play on Michael's ostensibly dependence on sedative and painkillers drugs.

1100 days ago
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Ulja    

You have injections of vitamins at home. But you're dying of propofol or promedol and everyone says, you yourself chose a doctor, you wanted. Where is the evidence that Michael knew what murray had prepared in the syringe for him?

1100 days ago
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Ulja    

Mj was so thin and had a little weight. There was enough a little small dose of drug wanted for sleep to him. Wake up!

1100 days ago
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dd    

This doctor on the stand is a JERK!

1100 days ago
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Ulja    

A dose for an elephant administer to mice. Say, at that, the mouse want to sleep.

1100 days ago
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LI_Mom    

What's the difference between becoming "dependent" & becoming "addicted?"

At such high quantities, withdrawing the drugs was probably very high risk & probably should only be carried out in a hospital.

I wonder what drugs & in what quantities he might have taken them to get himself going at the beginning of his days if he was taking so much to 'relax?

Somebody like this needs more than a cup of coffee to start the day.

1100 days ago
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Ulja    

Better calculate a dose necessary for a sleep for MJ and tell how much of it was required for Michael.

1100 days ago
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moni    

Is there no live stream on TMZ today or is it just me who can't find anything??

1100 days ago
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