Risky Drug Found at Jackson's

Nurse admits he begged her for it, she refused
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2009 12:39 PM CDT
In this 2007 file photo, Michael Jackson poses on the red carpet at an awards show in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Propofol, a surgical anesthetic so dangerous the person who provided it could be prosecuted for manslaughter, has been found in Michael Jackson’s home, sources tell TMZ. “There is no conceivable way this drug can be properly prescribed for home use,” one source says of Propofol, which can cause cardiac arrest. Lidocaine, used to reduce the pain of a Propofol injection, was also found near Jackson’s body. Other developments:

  • A nurse who worked with Jackson told Good Morning America he begged her for Diprivan—the brand name for Propofol—and she refused, telling him, “This is not a safe medicine. You might not wake up the next morning.”
  • Thousands gathered at yesterday’s public memorials for Jackson in New York, the AP reports. Some brought gifts; many danced to his hits. Among the attendees? Al Sharpton, who got down and boogied, adds the Huffington Post.