North Miami Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 20, 2009
One of the country's leading experts on prescription drug addiction and a nationally recognized author, John Giordano, says that in his vast experience with drug deaths, it is the enabler(s) - like Howard K Stern to Anna Nicole Smith* - that play a major role in the untimely demise of the addict. Inevitably in situations like Michael's, there is always at least one enabler who provides the drugs. They perpetuate the addict's addiction by not only making the drugs available, but also by consoling them and covering-up the drug abuse. Although enablers are good intentioned, Giordano says they might as well put the addict in a game of Russian Roulette with a loaded gun - certain death is only a matter of time.
What separated Jackson from the average addict is his celebrity status and money. His position and power afforded him a higher level of enabler. "We saw this exact same relationship between enabler and addict with Anna Nicole Smith. Her enabling doctors were prescribing copious amounts of opiate pain killers without even as little as an exam" says Giordano who provided CNN with Smith updates from the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office.
Giordano also points to media reports as further evidence of a doctor's involvement in Jackson's overdose. According to the NY Post, just days after his death, reports indicated that Jackson took a daily cocktail of Demerol, Vistaril, Soma, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Zoloft, Prilosec, Paxil and Xanax. According to Giordano: "this lethal combination could kill an elephant. It would be next to impossible for anyone to secure this amount of prescription drugs without the cooperation of a physician."
The unfortunate reality about the King of Pop's death and other's like him is that they were all completely avoidable. The same doctors who are prescribing the opiate pain killers only receive one hour of addiction education a year. As many as ten percent of these doctors are themselves addicted to prescription pain medication.
If there is anything good to come out of this, it is that Michael Jackson has put a face on prescription drug addiction. Perhaps now, those who are addicted to prescription pain killers will realize the life-threatening danger they are in and seek help. Additionally, Giordano is challenging the pharmaceutical and medical industry to stand-up and do something to curb the proliferation of prescription pain killers on America's streets.
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CREDENTIALS: John Giordano is the president and co-founder of the prestigious G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center he started over twenty years ago. He is the proud recipient of a Doctor Of Human Letters from Sinai University in Jerusalem. Giordano is a recovering addict with twenty-four years of sobriety to his credit. Mr. John Giordano is a therapist, Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist (CCJS). Mr. Giordano also earned a Masters Certification in Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP), and is a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Specialist. He is a professional expert witness for the state and federal government. John is a Karate Grand Master 10th degree black belt and is in the Karate Hall Of Fame.
Among his many other civic contributions, John Giordano recently accepted the position of Chaplain of the North Miami Police Department.
Mr. John Giordano's acclaimed new book: "Proven Holistic Treatment For Addiction & Chronic Relapse," (Tate Publishing 2007 ISBN: 1-5988637-5-4) is being utilized by several state hospitals and a number of treatment centers across the country.
G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center, the facility Mr. Giordano co-founded over twenty-years ago, is a 62 bed in-patient/out-patient JCAHO accredited addiction treatment center.
G & G Holistic Drug Rehab Website: http://www.holisticdrugrehab.com
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*Howard K. Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich had been charged with three felony counts in conspiracy along with other felonies contributing to Anna Nicole Smith's death. (Superior Court of the state of California, for the county of Los Angeles, case No. BA353f05).