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Drug rush

A man robbed a Fourth Avenue drugstore of more than $10,000 in prescription drugs on Feb. 2.

The on-duty employee of the drugstore, which is between 92nd and 93rd streets, told police that the suspect walked up to the pharmacy counter at around 10:30 am, pointed a gun at her and demanded OxyContin 80, a medication popular with pain sufferers and Rush Limbaugh.

The employee obliged, filling a black sack with between 15 and 20 bottles of the so-called “Hillbilly Heroin,” and the suspect fled.

Break-in spree

At least two neighborhood homes were robbed in separate incidents last week. Here’s the roundup:

• A 71st Street home was ransacked for $7,000 on Feb. 6. The 50-year-old victim told police that he left the house, which is between 12th and 13th avenues, at around 12:45 pm. When he returned just 20 minutes later, the cash was missing from inside.

• A thief stole nearly $3,000 in jewelry and gadgets from a 13th Avenue apartment on Feb. 6. The 40-year-old victim told police she left her home, between 62nd and 63rd streets, at around 9:30 am and returned at 4 pm to find her front door wide open and a digital camera and $2,500 necklace gone.

— Emily Lavin

Posted 12:01 am, February 11, 2009
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Reasonable discourse

T from bay ridge says:
So Rush is not a pain suffer ?? Why did you have to single him out ? Cant you write a story without putting your political views in it anymore ?
Feb. 11, 2009, 6:38 pm
Rex from Bay Ridge says:
I guess word association is a lil game young librael writers think they can sneak by anyone . Rush suffered for a long time with back pain , did he abuse it ? They say he did but is he the only one !! I would say no way to that but hey the media is about selling papers and grabbing your attention with mis-leading headlines its what they do nowadays ! I think we seen it at its best this past election .
Feb. 12, 2009, 11:37 am
Archie from Bklyn says:
T from bay ridge Rex says: "So Rush is not a pain suffer ?? Why did you have to single him out ? Cant you write a story without putting your political views in it anymore ?"

He's a convicted drug offender; the most famous Oxycontin abuser in known history; and (hypocritically) abused drugs while venting vs. drug abuse.
The guy was taking 30 pills a day, which is _15 times_ the maximum. He illegally got multiple prescriptions from multiple doctors ... then acquired an additional, stupefying 30,000 pills in _less than two years_.
That's not "back-pain treatment." It's a felony plus addiction ... for which he got a drug conviction plus rehab.

Rex from Bay Ridge says: "I guess word association is a lil game young librael writers think they can sneak by anyone . Rush suffered for a long time with back pain , did he abuse it ? ... hey the media is about selling papers and grabbing your attention with mis-leading headlines its what they do nowadays" etc.

Limbaugh is a convicted drug offender and abuser of prescription drugs. He'll forever be associated with this drug-of-choice -- due to his fame, hypocrisy and the sheer hugeness of his drug-appetite.

[And, PS - among other things: what's a "librael"? Since Limbaugh is a fan of English-only, you Rush fans should learn to write in it.]
Feb. 12, 2009, 12:46 pm
Rex from bay ridge says:
ya know archie u got me on the spellin , whopt-dee-do !! as for being a Rush fan not me i think i listened maybe 10 times at most over the years , not that i dont think some of his ideas are wrong just not a regular . my problem is everything u may have stated about rush,s addiction is true our society always seems to give people with this illness a second and even third chance to make amends . i see no reason to keep reminding everyone that he once was this. but hey look at him now !! we cant change the past , he has moved on so should you and the media !!
Feb. 12, 2009, 4:38 pm
T from Bay Ridge says:
Ok I guess "Archie The Liberal" missed or chose not to answer my question which was why bring Rush Limbaugh into the article re: prescription drugs. According to Archie , Rush is the most famous oxycontin user ,who cares ? So we have to include him just because he's famous? Gimmee a break, Is he a hypocrite for preaching against them and then abusing them himself absolutely but the question that was asked was Can Journalism ever be objective anymore with out putting their own political views in it especially in an article less than 100 words . Sadly to say i dont think so anymore .
Feb. 12, 2009, 5:06 pm
Archie from Bklyn says:
T from Bay Ridge says: "According to Archie , Rush is the most famous oxycontin user ,who cares ? So we have to include him just because he's famous? ... Can Journalism ever be objective anymore with out putting their own political views in it"

Since you're so committed to objectivity, I don't know how you can live in the same _universe_ with the NY Post and Fox News. Those two alleged-objective bigtime media skewer Democrats, liberals, and even moderates whenever/wherever possible (even on the Post's tiny comics page).

Rule of Thumb: If you're a celebrity or hold an authoritative position (not even political) and commit a crime or huge public screwup, you'll be linked with it forever. That's especially so if your dumb or criminal act (a) indicates mind-boggling lunacy, (b) increases public cynicism in a big way, or (c) hypocritically contradicts the _very_ carefully-constructed, high-profile public image on which your whole career was based.
Which is why, for example, Michael Jackson, Larry Craig, John Edwards, and Elliott Spitzer are now jokes - to everyone. And why "Trust me - I'm a lawyer (or clergyman)" is a punchline. And why Bill Clinton will eternally be remembered for "I did not have sex with that woman." And why it's laughable that Elvis asked Pres. Nixon to make him an honorary federal drug agent.

If you screw up big enough, the criticism is beyond "political": It's a commentary re: human absurdity, and a warning to avoid being hypnotized by dogma, or over-impressed - by anyone.
Feb. 13, 2009, 12:27 am

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