Michael Jackson died a year ago from a physician-administered anesthetic. More than 20,000 people die each year from prescription-drug overdoses, some of whom get drugs from more than one doctor.
It’s been a year since Michael Jackson’s death from a powerful, doctor-administered anesthetic put the world spotlight on prescription drug abuse. But most analysts, academics, and patient advocate groups feel very little has been done to change the rules and procedures governing such drugs.
“Since Michael Jackson’s death, this problem has grown in the US,” says Dr. David Kloth, board member, past president, and national spokesperson for American Society of Intervention Pain Physicians (ASIPP). “Celebrities are unfortunately good for this issue because they bring much needed attention to it.”
One big problem, say Kloth and others, is that the regulation of medicine and prescription writing is constitutionally a state matter, which creates a lack of uniformity and loopholes.