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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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31.

Willie'sNelson    

Then this testamony only shows that Dr. Klien should be charged to.

1069 days ago
32.

EarthAngel    

CM could be a fantastic doc! Compassionate, giving, caring, etc. BUT....he CHOSE to put his ego/ass on the line....for a known drug addict... when he broke protocol and lost BIG. That is why we have very strict guidelines in place....no room for error

1069 days ago
33.

Su    

Demerol,Demerol,Oh God he's taking demerol!

1069 days ago
34.

lime    

This so-called addiction specialist is not board certified doctor , he refuses to say where he works and he can't even make a statistical chart. He refuses to answer questions . He's an absolute jerk!

1069 days ago
35.

lime    

This so-called addiction specialist is not board certified and refuses to say where he works. He can't build a correct chart and he refuses to answer questions. What a jerk!

1069 days ago
36.

Dose Of Reality    

Insomnia

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1069 days ago
37.

Ashley    

What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Michael Jackson did not die from an overdose of Demerol. He died after Dr. Murray stupidly gave him Propofol without proper monitoring equipment outside of a medical facility.

1069 days ago
38.

MiMi    


Uh Huh. Michael was a demerol addict. Yawwwwwwn......

An addict does not go for days and/or weeks without a fix, not to mention the fact there was no demerol found in MJ's system during autopsy.

Also, at times when one is suffering from skin sensitivity from having the condition Lupus, skin sensitivity can occur.

1069 days ago
39.

Maria    

Plain and simple, whether on not MJ was an addict or dependent to any sort of drug, he was still alive and kicking and getting ready for his tour because no doctor gave him un-monitored drug. It was just after Dr. Murray came to the picture and didn't take more than a month and a half that MJ was dead. Because Murray was an irresponsible doctor who didn't give a damn about life of a human being.

1069 days ago
40.

Lisa    

this whole trial is BS!!! who the hell cares if michael Jackson was an addict or not, that is not what the trial is supposed to be about.. and how many other celebs are addicts?? many of them.. so what! michael,a great singer with a big heart is DEAD because some doctor decided their paycheck was more important then telling their patient NO!!!!! that other doctor that gave him that crap prior to murray should lose his license too.. it's like they are saying cause he was an addict he deserved what he got?? thats crap! this trial is clearly a pretty easy one.. bottom line is... GUILTY!

1069 days ago
41.

Luz    

From the very beginning I said that Dr. Klein is trying to cover something. Every time there is an investigation he shows up out of the blue talking things nobody had asked him! I always said he is guilty as they come!

1069 days ago
42.

mj fan forever    

MICHAEL JACKSON WAS NOT A DEMEROL ADDICT THE CORONER STATED HE WAS NOT NO DEMEROL WAS FOUND AND NO ADDICTION AND HIS OPINION IS WORTH MUCH MORE THAN THIS STUPID QUACK ARROGANT WHO DID NOT WANT TO ANSWER TO PROSECUTOR'S QUESTIONS AND WAS HIRED TO SAY JUST WHAT THE LOSERS WANT TO HEAR TO SUPPORT THEIR BIZARRE THEORIES!!!!!! THE TEAM OF LOSERS JUST WANT TO THROW THE FAULT ON KLEIN AND ANYONE EXCEPT THEIR MURDERER CLIENT MURDERER ADMINISTERED A MASSIVE DOSAGE OF PROPOFOL THEN LEFT MICHAEL ALONE MURDERER MUST BE CONVICTED AND ROT IN HELL!!!!!!! JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!!!

1069 days ago
43.

HumanNature    

Dr. Waldman who is NOT board certified in addiction medicine was extremely non responsive to many questions that was being asked by Prosecutor Walgren.


I would like to know why was he being so evasive on where he work. It just did not make any sense just like his testimony, today.


This "jerk" was being combative, argumentative and down right hostile over the simplest questions.


I hope that the jury reject his entire antagonistic testimony.


And another thing, he never prepare a report and that bar chart was extremely misleading and deceptive.


It makes you wonder what type of relationship he has with his patients.

1069 days ago
44.

MiMi    

OhWell: 4 minutes ago

Jacko
Was A Drug Addict
Didn't Care About
His Kids Only Wanted
More & More Drugs...
...And Payed The Price


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This coming from someone who has no clue regarding the extroidinary relationship Michael had with his children.

Oh and btw UnWell, it's paid not "Payed".

1069 days ago
45.

Areader    

Dr. Arnold Klein should have his medical license revoked!

1069 days ago
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