Monday, July 05, 2004

It Was Just the Stadol Talking 

Forget this poor hophead; we want the name of the drug fiend who adjudged Dick Cheney "possessed of a moral sense, and therefore able to distinguish between right and wrong." From the NY Times, courtesy of our distinguished colleagues at Corrente:
Vice President Dick Cheney's personal doctor, who four years ago declared Mr. Cheney "up to the task of the most sensitive public office" despite a history of heart disease, was battling an addiction to prescription drugs at the time and has recently been dropped from the vice president's medical team, according to officials at the hospital where he practiced . . . .

Mr. Cheney has suffered four heart attacks, most recently in November 2000, just months after Dr. [Gary] Malakoff pronounced him "in excellent health." It was Mr. Cheney's first heart attack since 1988 . . . .

According to The New Yorker, which reviewed sealed records of Dr. Malakoff's 2002 divorce, including pharmacy records, Dr. Malakoff spent at least $46,238 on Internet purchases of a narcotic nasal spray, Stadol, and other medications during a two-and-a-half-year period that ended in December 2001. A person close to the divorce proceedings said hospital officials were presented with the information in 2001.

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