I haven’t talked much, if any, about Michael Jackson’s death. Now they’re reporting that he died of an overdose of Propofol. That’s a drug that’s used for general anesthesia, and is rarely abused recreationally â€” the DEA hasn’t even bothered to schedule it.
And yet our drug czar has been salivating over the opportunity to make Michael Jackson the poster child for prescription drug abuse (calling his death a wake-up call).
First of all, the notion that Michael Jackson, in life or death, ever was a representative sample of anything, is absurd.
And of course, the results of such overzealous campaigning are likely to be two-fold.
- Emboldening the DEA to continue to act as if they have medical training and the right to determine what doctors prescribe (and arrest them if they believe differently).
- Making doctors afraid to prescribe the required medicine to really help the sick.
If there is prescription drug abuse, then fine, let’s deal with it. But just looking for opportunities to propagandize regardless of relevance â€” that’s just irresponsible.