Rush Limbaugh reportedly addicted to drug manufactured in Stamford

Published reports claim radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has abused the painkiller OxyContin, which is manufactured by Stamford-based Purdue-Pharma. On Friday, Limbaugh announced he's checking into a rehab facility.

Chuck Berke of Fairfield Community Services, specializes in substance abuse. He says the mental and spiritual impact prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and Valium can have on you can be as strong as heroin.

Berke says in Rush Limbaugh's case, he started out using pain medications to manage pain, and at some point in time he crossed into an addiction. Berke says it's at that point he began taking the substance to feel good, or to get high.

Berke says it's difficult for people to drop the addiction of prescription drugs without professional help. Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services in Westport says it has seen an increase of patients with this type of addiction over the past three years.

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