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Rush Limbaugh Statement on Prescription Pain Medication Stories
PRNewswire (Yahoo) ^ | Friday October 10, 2:55 pm ET | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 10/10/2003 12:17:21 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow

Press Release

Source: Premiere Radio

Rush Limbaugh Statement on Prescription Pain Medication Stories
Friday October 10, 2:55 pm ET

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Rush Limbaugh today issued the following statement on his radio program:

"You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life. So I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication.

"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.

"Immediately following this broadcast, I am checking myself into a treatment center for the next 30 days to once and for all break the hold this highly addictive medication has on me. The show will continue during this time, of course, with an array of guest hosts you have come to know and respect.

"I am not making any excuses. You know, over the years athletes and celebrities have emerged from treatment centers to great fanfare and praise for conquering great demons. They are said to be great role models and examples for others. Well, I am 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. I am no victim and do not portray myself as such. I take full responsibility for my problem.

"At the present time, the authorities are conducting an investigation, and I have been asked to limit my public comments until this investigation is complete. So I will only say that the stories you have read and heard contain inaccuracies and distortions, which I will clear up when I am free to speak about them.

"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."

For audio/video clip(s) of Rush Limbaugh's on-air statement, please go to

www.rushlimbaugh.com and/or www.premieretalk.com.



Source: Premiere Radio


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
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Rush's press release.
1 posted on 10/10/2003 12:17:21 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow
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2 posted on 10/10/2003 12:18:20 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: ThePythonicCow
Jeez...does this mean that his medications caused him to lose his hearing?
3 posted on 10/10/2003 12:19:54 PM PDT by krb (the statement on the other side of this tagline is false)
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To: ThePythonicCow
If he's still experiencing the pain, what's the point of getting off of the pain medication? There's nothing noble about living your life in constant pain.
4 posted on 10/10/2003 12:20:18 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: ThePythonicCow
Liberal Spin: 'Conservative Icon Succumbs to Pain Killers: National Enquirer Vindicated'
5 posted on 10/10/2003 12:20:32 PM PDT by rintense
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To: krb
Sounds like it.
6 posted on 10/10/2003 12:20:40 PM PDT by HELLRAISER II
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To: ThePythonicCow
I wonder who will be the first poster here to suggest we "pray" for Rush Limbaugh.

I wonder who will be the first poster here to say, "OK, I was wrong last week when I said the media was lying -- so he IS addicted to painkillers."

I wonder who will be the first poster here to wonder how this affects Republican politics, etc.
7 posted on 10/10/2003 12:20:40 PM PDT by wizzler
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To: krb
It wouldn't surprise me if the pain medications were related to the hearing loss.
8 posted on 10/10/2003 12:21:09 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: ThePythonicCow
Excellent way of stating things, Rush. We're rootin' for ya.
9 posted on 10/10/2003 12:21:42 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: krb
Depends on the painkiller.... Vicadin will do that (I'm told).
10 posted on 10/10/2003 12:22:26 PM PDT by theDentist (Liberals can sugarcoat sh** all they want. I'm not biting.)
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To: ThePythonicCow
The first time a Leftist sewer diver begins to gloat, remind them of JFK.

All of us are fallible, every single one, no matter how mighty or lowly.....
11 posted on 10/10/2003 12:22:38 PM PDT by JoJo Gunn (The quality of Leftists is at Third World levels....)
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To: mvpel
He said he had agreed with his doctor on the next step: Perhaps there are more steps than just getting off the drugs. Perhaps he is addressing the back pain with surgery or some other means.
12 posted on 10/10/2003 12:22:54 PM PDT by ThePythonicCow (Mooo !!!!)
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To: krb
Most likely.
13 posted on 10/10/2003 12:23:10 PM PDT by Bikers4Bush
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To: wizzler
I wonder who will be the first poster here to suggest we "pray" for Rush Limbaugh.

I would suggest it, but not in quotes.

14 posted on 10/10/2003 12:23:11 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (RED SOX WIN! We had 'em all the way)
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To: wizzler
Anyone ever take an oxy on this board? or a number of them? After my recent illness I could tell I was looking forward to the next one...and I am no fan of drugs at all. Never have done an illegal one in my life or even smoked a joint. But the oxy's were like being in heaven.
15 posted on 10/10/2003 12:23:14 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (On Sale October 21st...Rush In Rio. 3 cd's and 2 DVD Set. Buy it! Support both Rush's!)
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To: wizzler
I withheld judgment until more was known.

I hope he gets the help he needs.

16 posted on 10/10/2003 12:23:38 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: wizzler
1. Pray for Rush
2. I challenge you to find a significant poster or a significant number of posters who claimed the story was all a lie; quite to the contrary.
3. It will have only positive effects on Republican politics because Dem attacks will only trigger sympathy backlash.
17 posted on 10/10/2003 12:23:51 PM PDT by zook
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To: ThePythonicCow
Bookmark
18 posted on 10/10/2003 12:23:54 PM PDT by LPM1888 ("It's about governance. It's not about sermons." Brooks Firestone)
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To: rintense
Not without vilifying most of Hollywood....
19 posted on 10/10/2003 12:24:02 PM PDT by misterrob
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To: wizzler
I wonder who will be the first person who supports the War on Drugs to explain why Rush shouldn't be convicted & possibly imprisoned.

Rush himself has said as much about drug users.

20 posted on 10/10/2003 12:24:02 PM PDT by gdani
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