(Thanks to Al Franken, these headlines write themselves)
Rush Limbaugh reportedly involved in pill investigation:
Wilma Cline, 42, says Limbaugh was hooked on the potent prescription drugs OxyContin, Lorcet and hydrocodone – and went through detox twice.
Then there’s this gem (via Eschaton):
A few people (including Tresy) have suggested the new street name for OxyContin should be “dittos,” and a new name for OC addicts be “dittoheads,” a la “crackheads.”
And now a public service announcement for the kiddies:
This is your brain…
…this is your brain on OxyContin
UPDATE (Rush Limbaugh Statement on Prescription Pain Medication Stories):
NEW YORK, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Rush Limbaugh today issued the following statement on his radio program:
“I first started taking prescription painkillers some years ago when my doctor prescribed them to treat post surgical pain following spinal surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery was unsuccessful and I continued to have severe pain in my lower back and also in my neck due to herniated discs. I am still experiencing that pain. Rather than opt for additional surgery for these conditions, I chose to treat the pain with prescribed medication. This medication turned out to be highly addictive.
“Over the past several years I have tried to break my dependence on pain pills and, in fact, twice checked myself into medical facilities in an attempt to do so. I have recently agreed with my physician about the next steps.”
“I deeply appreciate all your support over this last tumultuous week. It has sustained me. I ask now for your prayers. I look forward to resuming our excursion into broadcast excellence together.”
Here’s some more :
Rush Limbaugh Show, 12-12-95
So we’re not going to get on–we don’t fault these animals for a lack of discipline, but we get on human beings who are fat for lack of discipline and you know it and I know it. But here’s the thing that struck me about this. We have alcoholics and drug addicts in our society, don’t we? And what do we say about them? Well, they can’t help it. Why, it’s genetic. Why, they have a disease. Why, put one thimbleful of scotch in front of them and they can die.’
We totally exempt them from any control over their lives, do we not? Some athlete will spend two years snorting lines of coke. He can’t help it.’ You know, it’s–it’s just–it’s not–it’s–it’s genetic. These people–they’re predisposed to having this addictive syndrome. They–they can’t help–yeah, like that line of cocaine just happened to march into the hotel, go up to the athlete’s room and put itself right there in front of him on his blotter.
Rush Limbaugh Show, 11-14-94
…Kurt Cobain was, ladies and gentlemen, a worthless shred of human debris, who had been trying to kill himself for 12 years, and finally did it right, by using a shotgun, so he couldn’t miss…
Rush Limbaugh Show, 10-05-95
“Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. … And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up,”
Rush Dopehead “accepted personal responsibility” for a six year habit, but only because he got caught.
Otherwise, he’d be abusing drugs and all the mindless limbots would continue
listening while believing their idol is a paragon of virtue.