Chopra reveals that he has refused in the past to prescribe the star strong medication, and blamed “drug peddling Hollywood doctors” for feeding his need and causing his death.
In a passion-fuelled interview with CNN, Chopra listed the drugs he knew Jackson was taking, including strong painkillers Demerol and Oxycontin, the latter dubbed ‘Hillybilly Heroin.’
Chopra said, “Michael spent a week with me and at one point asked me for a prescription for a narcotic. It certainly dawned on me he was already taking these and had a number of doctors who were giving him these prescriptions, so I confronted him with that. At first he denied it, he was in a lot of pain, he said he had back pain and I knew he had muscular aches and skeletal pains from the stress he was going through. I said, ‘Michael you don’t need this…’
“There are a plethora of doctors in Hollywood — they are drug peddlers, they are drug pushers they just happen to have a medical license and I hope this episode today, this tragic death of a great human being will bring to light this problem.
“I will be bold enough to identify these people at a certain time but I think the police should do their own investigation.”
When pushed on the drugs Jackson was taking by host Wolf Blitzer, Chopra replied, “At one time I knew about Oxycontin. I knew that he would get injections of Demerol and other narcotics. I was really desperate to try and help him but you can’t help somebody who is going to deny it. In my belief, from what I know, he was (addicted).”
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