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DWIGHT -- Former world class marathoner Dick Beardsley has plenty of reasons to be devoid of hope and full of negativity. But the 53-year-old former Minnesota farmer was the one bringing a message of hope to an audience starving for inspiration at Dwight Correctional Center Wednesday. | Video
Beardsley cast an uplifting spell recounting his journey from a shy teenager with little running talent to runner-up in the 1982 Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 53 seconds, a time which still ranks third among American-born marathoners.
The standing ovation he drew from the near-capacity crowd in the prison chapel wasn’t for his running exploits, but for what came after.
In 1989, Beardsley’s clothing became entangled in farm machinery. Before he could turn off the machine, it had broken many of his ribs and his right arm and mangled his left leg so badly doctors mulled amputation -- twice.
He survived that first of an unbelievably accident-prone four-year stretch, which included a severe car accident, being hit by a truck while running, a vehicle rollover and falling from a cliff while hiking.
Twenty years later, Beardsley can make light of his absurdly bad luck, but there was nothing funny about the consequences.
Each trip to the hospital brought him more prescription pain medication to which he became addicted. His forgery of prescriptions to feed his addiction came to an end when he was caught in 1996.
“By August of 1996, I was taking a cocktail of Valium, Percocet and Demerol, 80 to 90 pills a day,” he said. “That I didn’t die is an absolute miracle. I’ll tell you what was even a bigger miracle is that I didn’t kill some innocent family (while driving impaired).”
During a 10-day stay in a psychiatric unit, Beardsley was prescribed methadone, to which he also became addicted. Doctors told him getting off methadone would make him wish for death.
They were right.
“It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life,” said Beardsley, who has been drug free since 1997. “The 12-and-a-half years I’ve had of sobriety have been without a doubt the best 12-and-a-half years I’ve ever had.”
Those years have brought ups and downs and Beardsley expects more.
“That’s what life is about,” he said, “but today, for me, life is good.”
Beardsley called addiction a disease like cancer, but it doesn’t elicit sympathy.
“It’s a disease that causes people to look down on you like you’re the scum of the earth,” said Beardsley, noting everyone makes mistakes. “Making mistakes aren’t so bad if you learn from them.”
After Beardsley’s address, inmate Lacy Eason said, “It was so inspirational to hear. I struggled a lot with my drug addiction. I’m always down on myself. He was really inspirational.”
“He never gave up,’’ added inmate Belinda Hale. “He kept trying and trying and trying. That’s the part I see in me now. I really enjoyed his speech.”
Beardsley, who has been a full-time motivational speaker for 10 years, feels prison audiences appreciate his message “a little more.”
“It gives them some hope,” he said. “It’s got to be difficult every day knowing you’re going to be here for maybe a long time.”
Beardsley hopes to keep running for a long time even though he had a full knee replacement in January.
“I’m running about 45 miles a week now and also cycling,” said the resident of Austin, Texas. “The knee each week gets a little stronger. Who knows, I may get another marathon in me down the road.”
Police reportedly found 20 types of drugs in Michael Jackson's Los Angeles mansion, including the heroin substitute methadone.
Methadone was reportedly found in Michael Jackson's home.
The heroin substitute and 19 other types of drugs, including potentially lethal painkillers and anaesthetics, were recovered from the pop legend's Los Angeles mansion by police investigating his death last week.
A source said: "The Jackson mansion was more like a drug store than someone's home."
Other drugs found included Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller given to terminal cancer patients and Oxycontin, another painkiller dubbed 'Hillbilly Heroin'.
Some of the medications had Michael's name on the label but many were labelled with other names, while some didn't have any labels.
It is thought Michael used different aliases to obtain his prescriptions including the names of his bodyguards and a doctor's manager.
The 50-year-old star died after a suspected cardiac arrest, amid claims it was caused by an accidental drug overdose.
Police are now said to be searching for those who helped supply Michael with the deadly cocktail of drugs and are considering manslaughter charges as the prescription medicines who reportedly obtained without regard for his safety.
The source added to Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Powerful narcotic painkillers of all kinds were found. There was no reasonable excuse for them all being there. Using more than one of this type of drug can be potentially fatal. But there were 10 in house - it's unbelievable.
"Police want to know whether other people named on the medicine labels really needed the drugs prescribed to them and will be speaking to all doctors involved. The drugs found remain at the very heart of the investigation into the death of Michael Jackson."
At least four doctors, including Michael's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, are also at the centre of the investigation.
However, according to Murray's legal team he is not considered a suspect and is co-operating with the investigation.
He has denied injecting Michael with the painkiller Demerol before he died or prescribing the father-of-three with either Demerol or OxyContin.
03 July 2009 10:00:05 AM
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JUNKIES' FIX COSTS US Pounds 16M ; Methadone Bill Doubles: EXCLUSIVE
July 5, 2009 -- By MARK AITKEN
THE bill for handing out methadone to heroin addicts has almost doubled in five years to more than pounds 16million.
Dispensing the drug - which is used to wean users off heroin - rose 84 per cent from pounds 9million in 2003-4 to pounds 16.6million in 2008-9. Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie said she wanted to see a reduction in the number of heroin addicts who aregiven the substitute drug.
She said: "These are bone-chilling figures. Under eight years of Labour and the Lib Dems, Scotland's drug dependency became a methadone dependency.
Mistake "The SNP must not make the same mistake.
"That is why the Scottish Conservatives won the fight to secure a new national drugs strategy, based on recovery and abstinence.
"Methadone must stop being the treatment of first resort."
A Scottish Government spokesman said: "Just over one year ago we published Scotland's first drug strategy since devolution.
"It was widely welcomed by experts and approved unanimously by Parliament.
"Central to the strategy is the concept of recovery from problem drug use. We want to see more people move on from their drug use, towards drug-free lives as an active and contributing member of society."
. The mum of a child who died from a suspected methadone overdose has been charged with poisoning her daughter.
Bonny Richards, 27, of Coleford, Gloucestershire, and a 31-year- old man who has not been named, have both been charged with administering poison to 14month-old Holly Agius. They also face charges of assault and child neglect.
Posted on: Wednesday, 8 July 2009, 13:10 CDT
Boston Medical Center (BMC) researchers have identified potential safety risks among methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) patients due to the quantity and accuracy of medical record documentation. Improved communication and coordination among substance use treatment and medical providers could mitigate and manage the potential adverse effects of methadone and interacting medications. The BMC study appears in the July issue of Journal of General Internal Medicine.
MMT is a chronic therapy for opioid dependence, a chronic relapsing disease that often requires lifelong treatment. MMT typically is provided separately from medical care. Ideally, when patients in MMT engage in outpatient or inpatient medical care, treating physicians are aware of MMT and document both methadone on the medication list and opioid dependence on the medical problem list. When this is not done, there is a chance for medication-methadone interactions, which could potentially contribute to clinically significant adverse events, including cardiac arrhythmias, overdoses and decreased cognitive function.
BMC researchers aimed to identify potential patient safety risks among MMT patients engaged in medical care by evaluating the frequency that opioid dependence and MMT documentation were missing in medical records and characterizing potential medication-methadone interactions.
The researchers found documentation of opioid dependence diagnosis was missing from the medical record in 30 percent of subjects; documentation of MMT was missing from either the last discharge summary or last primary care note in 11 percent of subjects; among subjects seen by a primary care doctor, documentation of MMT was missing in 7 percent; among subjects discharged from the inpatient hospital, documentation of MMT was missing in 10 percent
. Sixty-nine percent of the study subjects were taking at least one medication that potentially interacted with methadone and 19 percent were taking three or more potentially interacting medications.
"Among patients receiving MMT and medical care at different sites, documentation of opioid dependence and MMT in the medical record occurs for the majority, but is missing in a substantial number of patients," said lead author Alexander Walley, MD, MSc, general internist in the Clinical Addiction Research and Education Unit at BMC and assistant professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. "Most of these patients are taking prescribed medications that potentially interact with methadone. This study demonstrates opportunities to improve communication, care coordination, and patient safety among patients receiving medical and substance use treatment."
WARSAW ??” A woman and her uncle were arrested for robbing a Warsaw Walgreens four days after her father and her boyfriend were arrested for robbing another Warsaw drugstore.
Police say Traci Craig, 20, of Warsaw walked into a Walgreens at 2400 E. Center Street on Saturday at 8:02 p.m.. She handed a note to the pharmacist that said the pharmacist should not speak to anyone and demanding a bottle of methadone or the pharmacist would be shot, police said. She did not display a weapon.
Traci then ran from the store, getting in a red pickup driven by a male who was later identified as Traci??™s uncle, 43-year-old Todd Craig, according to police.
An officer watching surveillance footage of the robbery recognized Traci, as she had been to the police department on Friday to recover items from a Chevrolet Blazer that was involved in a robbery of Warsaw??™s Zale??™s Drug Store on Wednesday, July 8.
Traci??™s father, Troy, and her boyfriend, Jamey Roberts, had been arrested and charged for the Zale??™s robbery.
Police found Traci and her uncle Todd at Whispering Pines Trailer Park, located at 340 E. Levi Lee Road on Sunday. Officers say the two were lethargic and acting strangely. An ambulance was called, and it was determined that the two had injected methadone. They were taken Kosciusko Community Hospital and placed in the intensive care unit.
Both were released from the hospital on Sunday. Traci was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on a preliminary charge of robbery. Todd was preliminarily charged with aiding and abetting a robbery.
As part of the Government’s ‘harm reduction’ programme, methadone vending machines have been installed in 57 prisons at a cost of ?4 million.
The technology will dispense methadone, a heroin substitute, to prisoners who will take it under the supervision of a health professional.
The approach has been criticised by Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Justice Secretary.
He said: “The public will be shocked that Ministers are spending more on methadone vending machines than the entire budget for abstinence based treatments.”
He added: “Getting prisoners clean of drugs is one of the keys to getting them to go straight.”
Mr Grieve continued: “We need to get prisoners off all drug addiction – not substitute one dependency for another. The Government’s approach of trying to ‘manage’ addiction is an admission of failure.”
Methadone-dispensing machines are planned to be eventually installed in half of the 140 prisons in England and Wales.
The machines deliver the drugs to prisoners identified by iris and fingerprint scanning.
In May the Government’s ‘harm reduction’ approach to tackling illegal drug use was dubbed a ?10 billion failure.
Kathy Gyngell, of the Centre for Policy Studies, said the approach was trapping people in “state-sponsored addiction”.
In 2008, the Scottish Government said it would drop its harm reduction policy deciding to focus instead on “recovery and helping people live drug-free lives”.
Holyrood estimates that the drug problem costs taxpayers ?2.6 billion each year. There are an estimated 22,000 drug abusers on the methadone programme in Scotland.
Professor McKeganey of Glasgow University’s Centre for Drug Misuse Research had attacked the use of methadone in drug treatment.”
He said: “I think far too much [money] is being absorbed by the methadone programme.
He added: “I think we need to refocus where that money is spent. We need to massively increase the availability of residential rehabilitation”.
Published online on Friday, Jul. 17, 2009
By Pablo Lopez / The Fresno Bee
A 20-year-old Fresno man pleaded not guilty Friday to robbery and drug charges that his lawyer said stem from his addiction to pain killers.
Benjamin Milam became addicted to prescription medicine while dealing with soccer injuries at Clovis West High, said attorney Charles Magill, who represents Milam in Fresno County Superior Court.
Milam had no criminal record until Tuesday, when police arrested him on suspicion of robbing people at automatic teller machines in northeast Fresno, Magill said.
A criminal complaint filed Friday accuses Milam of robbing three people at gunpoint and attempting to rob another person. He also is charged with unlawful possession of Methadone, Oxycodone and a hypodermic needle, and resisting arrest. Prosecutors say he faces nearly 50 years in prison if convicted.
During the brief court hearing, Milam, who wore a red jumpsuit and shackles, made little eye contact with his parents -- KFSN (Channel 30) news anchor Liz Harrison and Fresno attorney Jeff Milam. Harrison and Milam are divorced.
After the hearing, Magill said his client "is filled with remorse for what he is putting his parents through and for the choices he has made with his life."
His parents are disappointed in him, Magill said, "but they understand his ongoing battle with his addiction." Over the years, Milam has been "in and out of [substance-abuse] programs," Magill said.
Police say the robberies took place from July 4 to July 11 at Citibank at Champlain and Perrin avenues and at the Fresno County Federal Credit Union at Cedar and Nees avenues.
Milam was arrested late Tuesday at a Motel 6 near Shaw Avenue and Highway 99.
Matthew O'Connor, Jordan Pipes and Joshua Kahaian, all 19 years old, also were arrested on suspicion of harboring a fugitive. In addition, O'Connor is accused of unlawful possession of Oxycodone, Methadone and Ecstasy. They will be arraigned next week.
Jail records show Milam's bail is $761,000, but Magill didn't ask the judge for a reduction in bail. "My client is in the throes of addiction," Magill said. "He is not in the position to make wise decisions."
While at Clovis West High School, Milam earned several college scholarships, Magill said. But in 2007, he and Clovis West soccer player Alex Lloyd were prohibited from finishing their season after Lloyd took a college entrance examination using Milam's identity.
This past school year, Milam attended college but left partly because "he couldn't shake his addiction," Magill said.
By Sophy Ridge, 19/07/2009
BRITAIN'S war against drugs is on the brink of collapse - with just FOUR per cent of addicts coming out of rehab drug-free.
A massive 186,276 drug users were still addicted after treatment last year, despite the Government throwing billions at the schemes.
Rising numbers end up in prison or dead after desperately seeking help, according to official figures.
[u]The revelations sparked calls last night for treatment centres to GET TOUGH on addicts and stop giving them addictive heroin substitutes such as methadone - which some then trade with a dealer for a fix.</u>
Shadow Home Affairs Minister James Brokenshire, who uncovered the statistics, said: "These stark figures highlight just how much Labour has failed to break the cycle of addiction."
Last year a pitiful 7,324 - four per cent - of 193,600 users were drug free after attending programmes run by The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse. Britain is now the cocaine capital of Europe with more than a million people snorting it.
A staggering 19 per cent of the population are either addicts or know someone who is.
Mr Brokenshire said: "Exchanging a methadone prescription with a fix from the drug dealer isn't a sustainable solution.
[u]"Greater focus needs to be put on getting users drug free through abstinence rather than drug dependent courtesy of the state. Labour's drug policies are now part of the problem not the solution."</u>
Michael Jackson's death is being investigated as a possible manslaughter why?
Please this a commentary not intended to be a "News piece." So before you leave a comment about it not being a "News piece" look up what a commentary is supposed to be. Thank you for understanding as I'm not a professional journalist. I'm a retired police officer that has a great deal of expertise in homicides so I'm writing from that prospective.
Now first of all I believe the suggestion that Mr. Jackson is a manslaughter victim is someone's delusions. Why the DEA is getting involved and wasting more taxpayers dollars really should result in an investigation in and of itself.
Under California law as is the case in most states a doctor can legally addict a patient to drugs and then maintain the addiction. It's been reported that Jackson may have been taking hundreds if not thousands of pills each month. Does that sound familiar to anyone? How about Elvis Presley whose doctor was prescribing over 300 pills per day to Elvis. You might remember they put Elvis Presley's doctor on trial. They spent a few hundred thousand dollars only to have the case tossed out because the law allows a doctor to addict a patient and then maintain that addictions.
I'm not defending the law, I'm just stating the law enforcement agencies are barking up the wrong tree if they think they can hold this doctor to a higher standard than thousands of other doctors across America.
I suffer from chronic pain and I've taken medication for it for years. Medication provided for me by the U.S. Government as I'm a disabled Vietnam veteran. Recently I had a doctor that wanted to put me on Methadone as its a very good medication for chronic pain. It's also one of the most addicting drugs known to man. I passed on his offer but if I had not the U.S. Government would have addicted me to a strong narcotic and then maintained my addiction.
I suppose the government may be concerned about the powerful anesthetic Propofol allegedly found in Jackson’s home. I could see where this might raise some questions that might need to be answered. I could think of a few questions myself. However. I suspect it is more likely that LA PD is responding to some political pressure to see why the pop idol died unexpectedly than it is looking to put his doctor on trial.
After Mr. Jackson history with court cases in LA County you can be assured the police department does not want to be seen as not turning over every stone in finding out why he died. To say that a large number of law enforcement officers still believe strongly that Mr. Jackson got away with committing serious crimes would be an understatement.
If law enforcement were to be seen as just going through the motions on the Jackson case they would be open to severe criticism. The LA PD has suffered it's share of criticism when it comes to dealing badly with Blacks. Rodney King, O.J. Simpson and basically losing twice against Jackson. Even though the first case never came to trial because of a multi-million dollar settlement worked out that basically placed a gag order on the alleged victim and his parents. LA PD can't really be blamed for dotting every (i) and crossing every (t).
Let us suppose Mr. Jackson was using a legally prescribed drug in massive doses and he died as a result. Isn't that more closely related to a suicide than a manslaughter? He was basically playing Russian Roulette with a pill bottle rather than a gun. The outcome is the same you end up in the morgue being autopsied. In his case twice because I'm sure the family does not trust any finding by LA County.
It is only my opinion but if someone takes a huge quantity of drugs and accidentally or on purpose kills themselves, than we should not be wasting hundreds thousands if not millions of dollars on some public relations investigation. Way too much public money was spent on Mr. Jacksons funeral. The public was not asked if they wanted to spend perhaps two million o
LINDENHURST -- Jill Vaughn acknowledges her son was "every parent's nightmare" growing up, but she said he was finally trying to straighten out when he died last December in an apparent attempt to kick Xanax.
"I don't know that there is really any resolving his death, but a really good-hearted young man trying to get his life together is gone," she said. "I'm out a son, my grandson is out a father and that will never heal. Even though he was 30 years old, he was still my baby."
Jill Vaughn of Lindenhurst holds a photo of her son from 2007. Steven Vaughn's lab mix Katie is behind her. Steven died in December 2008 from a lethal drug combination of Xanax and methadone.
(Thomas Delany Jr./News-Sun)
Jill Vaughn returned home from work early last Dec. 3, the second day in which Steven Vaughn was undergoing methadone treatment from the Green Dragonfly Clinic in Waukegan, to find him dead in her living room.
She had spent the night before staying up with Steven, rubbing his back and bringing him cold water as he vomited most of the night. She chronicled his sickness throughout the night and made sure he took her notes to the clinic the next day.
She said that at the clinic, the decision was made that his sickness was related to the need for a larger dose of methadone to counter what appeared to be opiate withdrawal, and that she was later told he died from the combined effects of methadone and Xanax, an anti-anxiety drug, in his system.
Vaughn said her son was bipolar and self-medicating with Xanax he bought on the street. He presented himself inaccurately as a heroin addict at the clinic because he hoped methadone would help him kick his Xanax habit, she said.
It was the final act of a troubled life that was running amok by high school.
"He was into drugs, booze, gangs -- he was into being the bad boy," she said. "We tried everything. I tried to get him into Scouts. I was the Scout leader without a kid."
He ended up in special education due to behavioral problems, and often ended up not going to high school. But she said there was another side to him as well.
"If you knew Steve, you couldn't help but like him. If he liked you, he would do anything for you," Vaughn said.
His situation was compounded by having a son out of wedlock while still a teenager, which led to child-support problems later, she said.
Because of his lifestyle and personality, Steve Vaughn had trouble getting and keeping a job, his mother said, but he loved carpentry.
"Steve loved being a carpenter. He liked working with wood. It was a challenge to him; it made him use his mind," she said. "But he was also the kind of person who couldn't have a boss hovering over him."
In July of last year, Jill Vaughn said her son showed signs of genuinely trying to change his life, and his parents let him move back home at that time.
Vaughn said she is unsure who initiated the investigation into her son's death, but said investigators from the Lake County State's Attorney's Office told her they were looking into an increase in heroin and methadone deaths.
"I have no idea where it's going," she said.
Vaughn said that initially, she hadn't even been aware that Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller had prescribed the methadone for her son.
Vaughn said she is upset there was no autopsy performed on Steve, although she says she accepts the toxicology reports and the coroner's conclusion on the cause of his death. She said an autopsy may have provided more information and even closure for her.
Keller said it is rare to do an autopsy in a drug case because they rarely contribute to the case and toxicology tests usually provide all the information that is needed.
Vaughn said she also believes the clinic did not conduct a drug test on her son prior to giving him methadone, asserting th
The last thing 15-year-old Austin Riley Jones told his mother was “good night” and that he loved her.
“I love you, too, Bubba,” Cathy Bandoni told her son, who had spent the day cleaning to raise $20 to take his girlfriend to the movies and then had dinner with his parents.
But the next morning, Jan. 18, Austin did not wake up. Bandoni and her husband, Davy Jones, discovered their only son died in his sleep of a methadone overdose.
Austin’s parents have teamed up with local anti-drug coalition members to warn the public about the dangers of methadone — a prescription painkiller that authorities say is cheap, accessible and increasingly has been causing fatal overdoses.
Local drug abuse task force officials will be meeting Monday to discuss ideas for a public anti-methadone abuse campaign that will also extend throughout the school district. They are hoping it will be as successful as the recent anti-methamphetamine efforts in Washoe County that authorities say contributed to a decline in its use.
Bandoni and Jones learned that the two tiny methadone pills their 6-foot, 200-pound son took after a party the night before created a deadly combination with his routine depression medication.
Washoe County Medical Examiner Dr. Ellen Clark ruled Austin’s death accidental and found that he died of acute combined methadone and fluoxetine intoxication. He had a prescription for the latter drug. Clark described him in her autopsy report as a “naive user,” meaning that deadly dose likely was his first time trying it.
“Our son died on two methadone tablets,” Bandoni said. “He didn’t know what he was getting himself into. This is just so shocking. I never thought in a million years this would happen to us.”
“It wasn’t a handful of pills he took, he took two and was just experimenting,” said Jones, who memorialized his son by having a tattoo of his face etched into his arm. “It’s insane. There is no forgiveness to this drug. It’s deadly. Austin had the whole world in front of him.”
Sgt. Mac Venzon, who heads the regional Street Enforcement Team, which targets drug and prostitution activity, said more local youths are experimenting with prescription drugs in general and believe they are safer than drugs purchased on the street.
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“We’ve done a really good job at shining a bad light on methamphetamine and illicit drugs, but we haven’t done enough to warn kids about the dangers of prescription drugs,” he said. “The problem is people just don’t understand it. This is definitely a trend parents need to be aware of.”
Because methadone is slow to metabolize, its effects are not felt until hours later. Experts say a toxic level can be achieved by taking multiple pills because the user doesn’t immediately feel a “high.”
The drug is best known for curbing heroin addictions by blocking receptors in the brain that make people crave the drug. When combined with other drugs or alcohol, methadone’s effects multiply, and can lead to respiratory and heart failure.
Venzon said methadone pills are sold on the street for about $10 a tablet, compared to about $40 a pill for Oxycontin. He said more prescriptions of methadone have been written over the years, making it more accessible. The Drug Enforcement
Administration said that from 1998 to 2006 that number of prescriptions increased by 700 percent.
“It’s easier for kids to get these pills from a medicine cabinet than them trying to get drugs or alcohol,” Bandoni said. “This is something that needs to be talked about. Austin probably thought he was just popping a couple pain pills.”
Clark said she has seen an increasing trend of methadone used as a party drug for teens and that methadone poisoning deaths in the county have risen. Statistics were not available at press time.
“We don’t want to put out an alarm and say this is another epidemic, but we want th
Seems it would have prevented this from happening... :(
The investigation into the overdose death of a Lindenhurst resident being treated at a methadone clinic run by Lake County Coroner Dr. Richard Keller has come with allegations of political overtones since it features a Democratic coroner and a Republican state's attorney.
Keller -- who denies any wrongdoing in the case -- has said he feels the investigation might be politically motivated, and he has questioned why it's being discussed publicly. State's Attorney Michael Waller has denied any political motivation.
Questions surround Keller in the 2008 death of a 30-year-old man who died after mixing the anxiety drug Xanax with methadone he was prescribed at a treatment center where Dr. Richard Keller is medical director.
Weighing in on the question Friday, Lake County Democratic Party Chairman Terry Link of Waukegan said he was concerned the investigation might have been leaked to the media as part of "an ongoing effort to discredit Democrats."
"I'll put it this way, in plain words: How have the last how-many elections gone?" Link said. "They haven't gone the way the Republicans wanted them to go."
News surfaced this week that Waller's office is investigating the December 2008 death of 30-year-old Steven Vaughn, who died after mixing methadone with Xanax. Keller prescribed the methadone at the Green Dragonfly Methadone Clinic in Waukegan after Vaughn told clinic staff he was fighting a heroin addiction and he wanted help fighting the habit.
Vaughn was actually taking Xanax illegally, without a prescription, and likely took Xanax within hours of his second dose of methadone, Keller said.
The focal point of the of the investigation, which began in February at the request of Vaughn's family, is whether clinic staff, or Keller, tested Vaughn to see if he was taking any drugs that could potentially be harmful if mixed with methadone.
While Link, who also is a state senator, made a point to say that "I have nothing against Mike Waller, and I'm not going to discredit Mike Waller," he added that "if this is being handled through the media, then I question that part of it."
"If there's something wrong, do the investigating," Link said. "It just seems like (the investigation) is out there ... If it were a grand jury investigation, I hope it wouldn't be as public as it is right now."
Lake County Republican Chairman Dan Venturi of Lake Villa said the situation "is not being driven by politics," adding that "from a party standpoint, I can tell you that we haven't been involved in it at all.
"We're about as far out of the political cycle as you can possibly be. If this had come out last October, I can see people saying that, but it's three years until the next election," Venturi said.
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