So is it the drugs that make him so "likable" to the Far Right? If there is a War on Drugs, why isn't Rush fighting along side those who he touts? Is this "do as I say, not as I do"? |
Limbaugh admits addiction to pain medication
Friday, October 10, 2003 Posted: 3:42 PM EDT (1942 GMT)
(CNN) -- Rush Limbaugh announced on his radio program Friday that he was addicted to pain medication and that he was checking himself into a treatment center immediately.
"You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life," the conservative commentator said in a statement on his nationally syndicated radio show.
"I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication."
Law enforcement sources said last week that Limbaugh's name had come up during an investigation into a black market drug ring in Palm Beach County, Florida. The sources said that authorities were looking into the illegal sales of the prescription drugs OxyContin and hydrocodone.
Limbaugh, who has a residence in Palm Beach County, was named by sources as a possible buyer. He was not the focus of the investigation, according to the sources.
The radio talk show host said he first became addicted to painkillers "some years ago," following spinal surgery. However, he added, "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."
He had tried to break his dependence in the past and has checked himself into medical facilities twice before, he said.
Limbaugh said that he is "not making any excuses" and that he is "no role model."
"I refuse to let anyone think I am doing something great here, when there are people you never hear about, who face long odds and never resort to such escapes. They are the role models," he said.