July 12, 2009

Who Killed Michael Jackson? Murderer #2: Dr. Arnold Klein

In the continuing saga of who killed Michael Jackson, it was reported that five doctors are currently under investigation. Michael's dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, has denied that he is one of the five.

If this is true, then the LAPD is surely sleeping on the job.

TMZ has just unearthed a series of photos of medications seized from Michael's Neverland ranch in a raid in 2003. According to several aides, Michael would score meds by using their names, or fictitious names. Well, how about this one?

The meds were made out to Frank Tyson (nee Frank Cascio), a young man who grew up with Michael and then became his aide. The meds were prescribed by one Dr. Arnold Klein. The name and address on the bottle matches that of Dr. Arnold Klein, Hollywood dermatologist slash drug supplier, who also happens to be Michael's long-time dermatologist.

The medication is alprazolam, more commonly known by its brand name, Xanax. Xanax is a powerful benzodiazepine (tranquiliser) used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.

According to drugs.com,
"Before taking alprazolam, tell your doctor if you have any breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, or a history of depression [which Michael certainly had], suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.

This medication may be [translation: "is highly"] habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Alprazolam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction."

I have no doubt Michael suffered from anxiety and depression, but since when is a dermatologist qualified to diagnose anxiety disorders and prescribe anti-anxiety medication? Did Dr. Klein know anything about the contraindications above, which certainly should have disqualified Michael from being given this medication? But how would he know? He's not a psychiatrist.

Anyway, let's presume for one moment that all is literal. Frank Tyson suffers from anxiety and decides to seek help from his boss's skin doctor. Uh... help me out here.

The long and short of it is, psychiatric meds should be prescribed and monitored by a psychiatrist, not a dermatologist. Dr. Klein had no business diagnosing psychiatric conditions in anybody, much less prescribe psychiatric medications, the contraindications of which he has demonstrated that he knows nothing about. Did he know that benzodiazepines will increase depression? Did he know that prolonged use of Xanax will lead to insomnia? How would he know? He's not a psychiatrist. He's nothing more than a greedy drug pusher!

Anxiety and depression cannot and should not be treated by drugs alone, if at all. Patients should get psychotherapy if the root cause of their problem is emotional. Drugs are only a temporary measure to sedate the patient to a level where they are able to participate in therapy, then tapered off as the patient starts to get a handle on their psychological issues. Did this dermatologist play psychotherapist as well? This is somebody's life we are talking about here! Did any of Michael's doctors refer him to a therapist or psychologist? Doubt it. They just plied him with more drugs, because the more you give, the more the patient needs and the harder it is for them to quit. To the unscrupulous, this is not only a stable source of income, it is one that becomes increasingly lucrative as the patient becomes increasingly physically dependent.

Patient welfare? What's that?

As Michael said in his song,


In the devil's game
of greed and lust
They don't care
They'd do me for the money
They don't care
They use me for the money

"If you show me the cash
Then I will take it"
You'll do anything for money!

If Dr. Klein is not already running, he should be. Or perhaps he already is.

(Note: If you or someone you know is physically dependent on psychiatric medications, please seek help. Physical dependence can occur in as little as 14 days at normal dose levels.)

See also:

DJ AM: Another Death by Xanax

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