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WASHINGTON (AP) Federal authorities are considering making the potent anesthetic propofol one of the drugs found in Michael Jackson's home a controlled substance, which would put new limits on its distribution.

The Drug Enforcement Administration was petitioned two years ago to make propofol a so-called "scheduled" drug under the Controlled Substances Act. That designation is used to impose restrictions on distributing and prescribing certain drugs prone to abuse and addiction.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne confirmed Wednesday that the agency is considering adding propofol to the list of controlled substances.

Until Jackson's death, the main concern about propofol was its potential for abuse by medical staff, because it is usually administered intravenously in hospitals.


Like I was saying a few days ago... Gee, what are the chances this drug, with no confirmed history of addiction or misuse, will not be made a controlled substance in the wake of Michael Jackson's death (regardless of what the tox-screens show)? A law can be passed, the government can grab a bit more power and control over our lives, and that's only because it will sound perfectly reasonable to the average idiot, uninformed, frightened American (i.e. the vast majority of people).
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 25th, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)

Propofol needs to be scheduled

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Misuse of propofol, mainly by anesthesia and O.R. personnel is a huge problem and has been since it was released. I recently had ortho surgery and the surgeon was asking why I specified "block only and fentanyl (painkiller) only if I asked for it. One of the O.R. nurses answered the question for me: "that's because the last time he was here for the same surgery, the CRNA kept slurring her words and finally fell off her stool while she was supposed to be doing my "conscious sedation"; she later admitted that she was abusing propofol many times daily. That was enough to scare me away from any sedation at all: at least if I'm awake and aware, I can watch these people......sure it's painful, but now I don't trust anesthesia providers at all. At least with fentanyl, I thought that if one of the CRNA's was abusing that she would at least have needle marks. Not so. The CRNA who was abusing the propofol went to rehab and afterwards tracked me down as one of her patients that she did while under the influence (part of the recovery process) and apologized. No problem, it happens. But what was really funny was that she told me she knew another anesthesia nurse who kept leftover fentanyl injection and then squirted it up her butt to get high. So a lack of needle marks means nothing; at least she got caught on a tox screen.
From:brucem
Date:April 25th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Propofol needs to be scheduled

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So you didn't want a perfectly effective medication - given to you by doctors in the hospital - because one of the nurses was seemingly misusing that same medication? But fentanyl, a potent opioid even more prone to abuse than propofol, was just fine? As you note, a lack of needle mark means nothing.

As always, people operating heavy machinery, driving cars, flying planes, or doing surgery on others should not be intoxicated. Whether propofol or alcohol, doesn't matter.

But propofol does NOT need to be a controlled substance. And making it one won't change a single thing.
From:relustoian86
Date:December 12th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)

Re: Propofol needs to be scheduled

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But propofol does NOT need to be a controlled substance. And making it one won't change a single thing.
DEA is considering the fact that propofol is included in the opioid section of the drugs, it's a good candidate to become addictive and id does seem to be lethal in overdoses (addiction and death by overdose should be enough in my opinion) so it's pretty understandable why it should be a controlled substance.
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From:camaliarogo
Date:August 18th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
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Any substance or drug tends to become tempting when it's forbidden to hold and consume it. I bet this incident has improved the propofol demand on the market.
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