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US Limbaugh - Controversial radio host admits drugs problem
TAPE: EF03/0913 IN_TIME: 03:14:55 DURATION: 0:58 SOURCES: ABC RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: Various - 10 Oct 2003/File SHOTLIST: Location unknown - October 2003 1. Wide shot of Rush Limbaugh 2. Mid shot of Limbaugh New York - 10 October, 2003 3. SOUNDBITE:(English), Rush Limbaugh, Conservative Radio Show Host "So I need to tell you today that part of what you've heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription medication." Palm Beach County, Florida - File 4. Various of location where Limbaugh received painkillers New York - 10 October, 2003 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Clifford Bernstein, Waismann Institute, drug rehabilitation centre "They're probably one of the most addictive drugs, or hardest drugs to stop taking. Of all the drugs, including cocaine, cigarettes, coffee, speed." Palm Beach Country, Florida - File 6. Tight shot of location where Limbaugh received painkillers New York - 10 October 2003 7. SOUNDBITE:(English), Mickey Sherman, Defence Attorney "The judge will later see, he not only admitted when time came, but he is actually doing something about the problem. From a legal standpoint, it's a smart move." Palm Beach Country, Florida - File 8. Medium shot of location where Limbaugh received painkillers STORYLINE: Conservative American commentator Rush Limbaugh announced during his radio show on Friday that he is addicted to painkillers and is checking into a rehabilitation centre to "break the hold this highly addictive medication has on me". Limbaugh told his audience that "Immediately following this broadcast, I am checking myself into a treatment centre for the next 30 days". Attempts to reach Limbaugh by phone, e-mail, fax and at his Florida home were unsuccessful Friday. Limbaugh gave up his job as an ESPN sports analyst October 1, three days after saying on the sports network's "Sunday NFL Countdown" that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed. The reports of possible drug abuse surfaced at about the same time, first in the National Enquirer. The tabloid had interviewed Wilma Cline, who said she became Limbaugh's drug connection after working as his maid. She said Limbaugh had abused OxyContin and other painkillers. OxyContin is a narcotic painkiller that is widely prescribed for victims of moderate to severe chronic pain resulting from such problems as arthritis, back trouble and cancer. According to Clifford Bernstein, of the drug rehabilitation centre, the Waismann Institute, the drugs Limbaugh was using are "probably one of the most addictive drugs, or hardest drugs to stop taking". Limbaugh might also face a criminal investigation. Defence attorney, Mickey Sherman, said in that respect, Limbaugh's move on Friday was a smart one. He argues the judge will grant Limbaugh a sympathetic ear for taking responsibility and taking action about his addiction to pain-killers.