Brad Messer Commentary
Monday, October 13, 2003

Pillhead Rush

Rush Limbaugh admits he's a pillhead.

What do you make of it? Is he a phony? Does it merely mean that he's human? Should he be sent up the river?

Sending addicts up the river was the recommendation of Rush himself, quote:

"Too many whites are getting away with drug use. The answer is to ... find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them, and send them up the river."

Rush Limbaugh, 1995. I suspect that he, and some other people, are re-thinking what drug addiction really means.

Does addiction reveal anything about character? You'll be the judge. I believe that one thing it does emphasize is that when people hurt, and they can get a pill to make the hurting stop, they're gonna take the pill.

In general, America seems to feel that it's wrong to illegally self-medicate just to get high, but maybe forgivable if it's to control pain.

Daryl Strawberry, Morton Downey, Jr., Governor Jeb Bush's daughter Noelle, Dion Warwick— lots of people have had well-publicized drug problems. I doubt that most of us believe they should all go up the river.

And for my money, neither should Rush.

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.

Newsweek 10/20/2003
‘I Am Addicted to Prescription Pain Medication’

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