Michael Jackson and Prescription Drugs: A Window on a Broader U.S. Issue?

July 5, 2009
ABC News

The ongoing investigation into Michael Jackson’s death has stirred many questions about the pop icon’s use of prescription drugs and whether overmedicating played a role.

While the official cause is not expected for several weeks, colleagues and friends of Mr. Jackson have suggested that a misuse of prescription medication may have been a factor, shining new light on the widespread abuse of doctor-prescribed drugs.

“The abuse of these drugs is only second to the abuse of marijuana,” says Gary Boggs, executive assistant of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Office of Diversion Control, the arm of the DEA that investigates unlawful trafficking of prescription medications. More…