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Posted on 12/09/2003 6:01:34 AM PST by Maria S
Late last week, rocker Ozzy Osbourne admitted to a 42-pill-a-day addiction to prescription drugs.
Few could be surprised about the revelation. On his MTV show and in other public appearances the aging rock star has appeared incoherent and intoxicated.
Justifiably, California state authorities are going after the pusher. In this case, the state medical board is going after Osbournes doctor, though the physician denies any wrongdoing.
Still, no one is suggesting that Osbourne should be prosecuted for his prescription drug addiction, an addiction that started with normal medical treatment. Another sensational case that should have been treated similarly is that of Rush Limbaugh.
His prescription addiction case should have been written off weeks ago as nothing more than a case of prescription drug addiction.
But the Limbaugh story has legs long ones. The long legs of this story seem to have been generated by a liberal media out to get the conservative radio host by any means possible, including pushing for a legal investigation that seems more like a political inquisition.
If Rush were treated like every other case similar to his, it wouldnt even rate news time, let alone a legal inquiry.
The facts of this case are now pretty clear: Rush has had a prescription drug addiction that began as a result of a surgical procedure for back problems. Admirably, Rush has admitted the problem and, after intensive rehab, is attempting to save himself.
The facts came to light when Rushs former housekeeper, Wilma Cline, sold her story to the National Enquirer. In early October, when the Enquirer story broke, it appeared as if the Palm Beach County state attorney, Barry Krischer, was planning to treat Rush like other cases of individuals found to be abusing prescription drugs.
Press reports indicated that the state investigation was focused not on Rushs addiction, but on the larger issue of enablers and pushers, notably doctors and a wider drug ring that was doling out these drugs. But since then, Krischer has apparently had a change of heart about the direction of his probe.
Soon after Rush came out of rehab, ABC News reported that its sources close to the probe were saying Rush was being investigated for money laundering.
Though Rush quickly explained that he had been advised by his bank to withdraw less than $10,000 from his account each time he made a withdrawal, and over the course of years withdrew some $300,000 not a large sum for a man of his wealth it was more fodder for his critics.
To further prove that unusual lengths were being employed to hurt Rush, last week the state attorneys office obtained warrants for Rushs medical records, with claims so far unsubstantiated that Rush was doctor shopping for prescriptions.
Rushs lawyer, Roy Black, appeared on the Today show this past Friday and expressed amazement that Rush is being treated differently from millions of others with prescription drug addictions.
Have you ever watched people on television leafing through records, calling out the names of their doctors and a list of medications they were using?" Black complained. "The first person is Rush Limbaugh." "Why is Rush Limbaugh the only person who gets treated like this in America?" he added.
Black, of course, is a well-known liberal. He also is honest. Rush is being singled out for political reasons.
Krischer issued a statement Thursday saying that Limbaugh remained under investigation, but added that he "is presumed innocent at this time."
But clearly Rush is being treated differently. Even Geraldo, no Rush fan, said this weekend on his Fox News program that Rush was being singled out, unfairly. Geraldo quipped that if every senior citizen in the state of Florida who doctor shopped was prosecuted, there wouldnt be enough prison cells in the state. Mike Walker, a columnist from National Enquirer, appeared on Fox News and agreed with Geraldo. Walker described the governments actions toward Rush as overkill.
Not privy to all the details here, I am not going to pass judgment on Rush.
But I will pass judgment on the state attorney so far. When Rush is treated for a prescription drug addiction differently from anyone in history with a similar drug addiction, legitimate questions about fairness arise. So much of Rushs problems have been clouded in charges and countercharges, bogus reports and the like.
They all start with the housekeeper, Wilma Cline, first portrayed by the National Enquirer as a victim of Rush. But it seems to me that she was much more of a classic enabler a person who encourages anothers addiction. In helping feed Rushs addiction, Cline collected cash from him. She also kept very careful records of her activities almost from day one. Was this to blackmail Rush? To sell her story to the National Enquirer? Or to help the police?
We do know that Cline first came to the tabloid some two years ago seeking to sell her story about Rush. When the papers editors told her she didnt have a story until there was an official police investigation, she came back to them when that investigation was triggered.
Cline reportedly received a cool $250,000 for the dirt on Rushs prescription drug addiction.
Cline, by going to the papers, also may have compromised the states inquiry into pushers and doctors doling out these prescription drugs for big money.
So much for the Cline-as-victim story.
But when word broke about Rushs problems, it must have been welcome news to many prominent Democrats who see him as an obstacle in next years election.
My guess is that the news also caused these top Democrats to talk about how nice it would be if Rush could be toppled. Those thoughts may have percolated down to the local prosecutor in Palm Beach.
One clue that this was the thinking comes from Kendall Coffey.
Coffey is the former Clinton-appointed U.S. attorney in Miami, a Janet Reno ally who most recently served as Al Gores lead recount lawyer in 2000.
Appearing on MSNBC this week, the well-connected Coffey said he didn't think the state attorney wanted to prosecute Rush but apparently feels he has to. Why does he feel this way?
Surely there is no public outcry that Rush be prosecuted, nor would there be if Rush were treated like every other person who has had a prescription drug problem, admitted to it, and immediately went into rehab.
Clearly the prosecutors know that the drug problem alone is not enough to warrant legal charges against Rush, thats why they are going on a fishing expedition to find something else.
To his credit, State Attorney Krischer has no history of politicizing prosecutions. Hopefully that record will continue.
I must have missed the occasion where Osbourne expressed the view that illegal use of drugs should be vigorously prosecuted and the illegal users should be imprisoned.
So, how a person feels about a law should be the reason to apply, or not apply, the law to that person?
So, you're not an advocate of prosecuting people for illegal use of drugs, you're just an advocate of prosecuting people for expressing political views with which you disagree.
The War On Drugs - bred in Republican laboratories to nail the Bad Guys. Now it's loose and roaming around the country attacking woever it wants to.
Not grass. Glass.
I imagine he did expect it and I don't hear him whining about anything.
Meanwhile, Ted Kennedy is still a U.S. senator and beloved by Dems and other socialists all over the world.
As is Al Franken (confessed druggie), as is Larry Flynt (confessed chicken-f*cker.)
Michael Moore ever smoke dope?
Actually it goes back to the Wilson administration. (He was a Dem.)
I thought he was in for selling bongs.
The Doctor Shopping law was a response to a serious problem, people going to multiple doctors to obtain drugs and then reselling them. Unfortunately, the law was written so they only had to prove the part of obtaining the drugs to make convictions easier. The way the law any person switching doctors could be guilty of 'Doctor Shopping'. I understand the purpose of the law, but they wrote it to make it easier for law enforcement to get convictions. The actual law is as follows:
8. To withhold information from a practitioner from whom the person seeks to obtain a controlled substance or a prescription for a controlled substance that the person making the request has received a controlled substance or a prescription for a controlled substance of like therapeutic use from another practitioner within the previous 30 days.
So if you switch doctors in 30 days and don't tell the new doctor of your current prescriptions, you could be found guilty. The thing Rush has going for him is that the doctors he visited were different ailments (one for back and the other for his hearing), so he maybe in the clear because they may not have been for 'like therapeutic use'. Even if the overzealous democratic prosecutor gets a conviction, jail time would be unlikely.
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