Propofol is still uncontrolled. While it’s apparently addictive, it doesn’t cause addiction in the way most of us associate it with alcohol or narcotics. An interesting article from Anesthesiology News. Any state licensed physician can buy it, whether they have a DEA license or not. While there are reports of it giving a brief feeling of euphoria or calm, that feeling is promptly followed by passing out. It doesn’t affect the pleasure centers of the brain like controlled substances, and the passing out part is kind of contraindicated for pleasure - unless, apparently, you’re one in a billion who has the worst insomnia in human history who also has the extraordinary means to get it injected into you on a regular basis. In Jackson’s still bizarre case, it seems it was bliss.
WhyNot, I wonder if you have any ideas on how detrimental this stuff was for Jackson, while he suffered insomnia, I wonder if the propofol ultimately exacerbated his problems - I can’t imagine it allows proper REM cycles. I would think along with the nightly risk of respiratory arrest, the lack of REM might have been driving him off the deep end of rationality as well. The linked article doesn’t really talk about how it affects real sleep for addicts. Maybe it’s so new and with such high mortality rates, it just hasn’t been a factor they’ve been able to study.
(Seeing as I use the stuff in animals rather than people, I’m not as well schooled on the human side. Animals fight the hell out of the stuff and “pop” out of it right quick.)