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Limbaugh, Vicodin, Hearing Loss(4 posts)

Limbaugh, Vicodin, Hearing LossMe Dot Org
Oct 5, 2003 2:32 AM
When word first came out of Limbaugh's hearing loss, a doctor friend of mine in addiction medicine speculated that he might be a Vicodin addict. I didn't think much about it at the time, but Vicodin has been associated with sudden hearing loss:

http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-091001vicodin.story

As someone who has had both friends and family addicted to Vicodin, I have a lot of sympathy for Limbaugh on a personal level. Oxycontin is supposed to be even more addictive that Vicodin (especially if the time release coating is cooked off).

On a political level, I think the perception is that some people on the right see drug addiction as a character flaw that should be treated with jail time rather than therapy. I really don't know what Rush has said about drug addicts and jail time, but it would be interesting to know.
all this based on tabloid reports?DougSloan
Oct 5, 2003 7:59 PM
First, all this hubub is based purely on a tabloid report. Since when did intelligent people even acknowledge the existence of those things? Some former housekeeper is paid for a story, and everyone assumes it's true?

Nonetheless, even if true, or true in part, it's too bad. I think that above all Rush professes personal responsibility. We'll hear the truth, but with criminal allegations being discussed, he'd be smart not to talk about it until it's resolved.

I don't know what he's said about drugs and jail time, either. Doesn't sound to me like a topic he'd dwell on. He usually focuses more on politicians and economics.

Doug
I've never heard him talk about drugs.OldEdScott
Oct 6, 2003 4:58 AM
I don't think he could be accused of hypocricy here. And again I say, as someone whose state have been ravaged by Oxycontin addiction, I just get the willies thinking about this.

I disagree with Rush 192 percent of the time, but I think he's a straight shooter for his own side, and I think he does his show with humor and wit (unlike genuine through-and-through a-holes like Sean Hannity and his ilk) and I wish him well. It's a horrendous addiction.
all this based on tabloid reports?filtersweep
Oct 6, 2003 6:38 AM
Well, the Enquirer has broken a few stories... so they aren't completely off the journalistic map- in fact they can be "credited" with redefining journalism ;)