Sedative Abuse on the Rise Among Medical Professionals, Experts Fear

A growing number of medical professionals are abusing the same drug administered to Michael Jackson shortly before he died, according to the New York Times. Experts say that the drug propofol, which can induce relaxation, mild euphoria or sleep, is favored by abusers because it is difficult to detect and is not a federally controlled substance. It is also easily accessible, especially for medical professionals. A recent survey found that 71 percent of anesthesiology training programs did not actively secure or track the drug.

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