An addiction expert testifying for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death told jurors Thursday he believes the singer developed an addiction to a powerful pain medicine in the months before his death.
Dr. Robert Waldman told jurors that Jackson was receiving “above-average doses” of the painkiller Demerol.
“I believe there is evidence that he was dependent on Demerol, possibly,” Waldman said. The witness said he also thinks Jackson had an addiction to opioids by May 2009, the month before his death.
Waldman said a symptom of Demerol withdrawal is insomnia.
Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray have suggested Jackson was undergoing withdrawal from Demerol before his death and self-administered a fatal dose of propofol as a sleep aid.
Jackson had complained of insomnia as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts and was receiving the anesthetic and sedatives from Murray, his personal physician, to help him sleep.
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