Jermaine Jackson Speaks about Michael's Suspected Drug Use
Jermaine Jackson, Michael's older brother, gave an interview on NBC's Today Show on Thursday July 2nd, saying he would be hurt to find out that the toxicology reports on Michael's body came back to show he was abusing prescription drugs, as Jermaine said he didn't know anything about Michael's drug use.
"In this business, the pressures and things that you go through, you never know what one turns to," Jermaine Jackson said in an interview broadcast Thursday on NBC's "Today" show.
Asked if he would be shocked or surprised if Michael's drug use was proven, Jermaine said, "I would be hurt." He said he had heard about prescription drug use in the 1980s when his brother was hurt in an accident filming a commercial but did not know if drug use was a possibility more recently.
"I don't know about these things, because I hate anything with drugs," he said, adding that it hurts the family for people to say things about drug use "because we don't know."
The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has now become involved in the investigation into the singer's death and the multiple doctors that treated and prescribed medications for Michael.
The drug Propofol was found in Michael's home, and some allegations have emerged that the singer used painkillers, sedatives and antidepressants all together.
Propofol is a surgical anesthesia, and is only available to medical personnel.
The drug can only be administered with an IV. Interestingly, Propofol burns and the drug Lidocaine is used to reduce the pain associated with the Propofol injection. As [TMZ] first reported, Lidocaine was found near Jackson's body.
A major side affect of Propofol is cardiac arrest, and it is considered so powerful that it can stop a heart on its own.
TMZ reported that Michael's body was 'riddled' with injection marks and that he had dozens of injection sites on his body, suggesting heavy drug use.
But a key question in this investigation is how Michael managed to obtain so many different drugs. Apparently he used aliases to get different doctors to prescribe him medications.. He may have used the names Omar Arnold and Jack London, and potentially the name of one of his bodyguards and his office manager. The DEA will be searching for those names and the people behind them as part of their investigation.
Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk star who was training Michael for his upcoming tour, said that Jackson used to prank call him using the name Omar, one of his supposed drug aliases.
All this is still under investigation and the DEA has not released any details of their findings.
Jermaine however, is adamant that Michael didn't abuse drugs and even says he wishes he would have died rather that his younger brother. "He was a gift from Allah" he said.
"He went too soon," he said. "I don't know how people are going to take this, but I wish it was me."
When asked why he felt that way, he said that he always felt that he was Michael's backbone.