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Rush Limbaugh Drug Use

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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There was a strange collision last week at the intersection of three medium highways. There was Rush Limbaugh, venomous talk - show titan of a syndicate of 600 radio stations, being out as a drug addict by supermarket tabloid, National Enquirer, just as his race - base reflections on Black quarterback were forcing him to resign from his TV analyst gig on ESPN. In beginning, it was easier for Limbaugh to talk about being racist than being a drug addict. After all, he seldom misses an opportunity to vilify drug users on his show or urge their immediate incarceration. Then, last Friday, he went on air to tell his 20 million radio listeners that he was, in fact, addicted to prescription painkillers he had begun using years ago to treat bad back. What brought Limbaugh to this very public crossroads is what brought most addicts out into the open. Mainstream media outlets confirmed what the Enquirer first report, that Florida prosecutors had opened an investigation. It seemed Limbaugh's former housekeeper went to law - enforcement authorities, wear wire and turned him in, claiming she and the talk - show host would meet in Denny's parking lot in Palm Beach, Fla. Limbaugh would allegedly roll down the window of his Mercedes, hand over a cigar box full of cash in return for Baggie full of pills that include OxyContin, opiate derivative that is powerful painkiller and highly addictive. Limbaugh will only say inaccuracies and distortions in what has been reported will be clarified later. Right now he is away on his sixth day of a 30 - day rehabilitation program. A few weeks ago I wrote about accompanying Chicago Police as they bust drug dealers and drug buyers on Chicago's West Side. Just about every day, for months now, Chicago Police tactical officers have been saturating the area around Harrison and Kedzie. Police, in targeting drug customers as well as drug sellers, are trying to attack demand as well as supply, hoping in process to reduce violence that surrounds open - air heroin and cocaine markets. What's difference between Rush Limbaugh and those buyers busted by Chicago Police? Lot, I suppose, if you simply see him as another famous person who has found his way into o, how mighty have fall category, or if you make an argument that addiction to prescription drugs initially taken under doctor's care is different from buying illegal drugs on the street, or if you see Limbaugh, who make estimate 30 million year, as somehow different from lower - and middle - class mosaic of Drug buyers on West Side. But in the end, what's difference really? Peel away niceties of heroin versus prescription drugs, poor versus rich, and it's all the same, says Michael Darcy. Darcy knows about addiction. As a kid in New York City, he was hooked at the age of 16 on alcohol and drugs, using everything from marijuana to cough syrup. It was Darcy's probation officer who pushed him into two years of treatment.

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The findings of this investigation bring up several issues. The use of opioids in pain management has always been an area of debate and, of course, lot of concern. But what makes the OxyContin issue so special? The problem lies not only in specific medication, but in the increasing base rate of addiction in the US and various means of availability of this medication. Many factors may have contributed to the abuse potential and diversion of OxyContin. The Warnings on the OxyContin label may have been misleading and inadvertently provoked nonmedical usage of the drug. To purport their addiction, abusers of OxyContin find out ways to compromise its time - release and certainly different ways to obtain it. Oxycodone is a water soluble ingredient, readily dissolves in water. This property could have provoked abusers to inject solution of crushed OxyContin tablets to obtain quick high. Increases in OxyContin - Related crime rates can be attributed to an increasing number of abusers. Many reports of OxyContin Abuse have occurred in rural areas with labor - intensive industries. These industries are often located in economically backward areas. People living in these areas may have been tempted to sell their legitimate prescriptions for profit. In addition, OxyContin prescriptions are expensive. Generic manufacturing of OxyContin will not begin before patent expiration of OxyContin in about 2012. With a street price of nearly US 1. 00 per milligram of OxyContin, Drug prices remain a risk factor for crime relating to obtaining medication. All - embracing exclusive media coverage and headlines sensationalizing OxyContin Abuse also could have added fuel to the fire, but could also have prompted drug regulating agencies to exercise strict control over Controlled Prescription Substances and also take actions to curb ongoing abuse. Purdue Pharma's aggressive promotion of drug and targeting physicians to increase prescribing and hence sales has received a lot of criticism. Purdue Pharma was heavily censured for abuse of OxyContin. On other hand, FDA does take mandatory actions against drugs and issues Warnings to its manufacturers only after the problem becomes deep - root. Purdue Pharma also takes major steps to prevent Abuse and Diversion of Drug.S In its effort to prevent OxyContin Abuse, Purdue Pharma takes steps in every possible direction, including addressing healthcare professionals regarding safe use of OxyContin, strengthening black box Warning, distributing brochures, developing risk management Plan, developing a National database, and also arresting pill mill doctors. According to their new Plan, FDA, since September 2004, now mandated drug manufacturers to submit risk management Plan to deal with Drug Abuse / Diversion to obtain Drug approval. Even for generic manufacturers of Drug, this is a requirement. Preparing beforehand for expect potential problem such as medication abuse seems to be an important solution to very problem itself. Although OxyContin has been Abuse in many instances, there remain many patients who genuinely use or want to use OxyContin for its medicinal properties, and these patients should not remain untreated.

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