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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Lawmakers on all sides in the Philippines are now demanding President Rodrigo Duterte come clean about his health, following revelations last week that he had been abusing the same potent opioid painkiller that killed the singer Prince.

    Known for waging a ruthless and very deadly drug war since he took office in June, Duterte faces tough questions following his admission last Monday that he had abused fentanyl — prescribed, he said, to relieve pain caused by spinal injuries suffered from motorbike accidents.

    Duterte said that his doctor ordered him to stop using the powerful painkiller because he was “abusing the drug” by going beyond the prescribed dosage, reports the Philippine Star.

    While Duterte has since claimed he was only joking — “Fools, I just made up that story and you believed it,” he reportedly said Saturday — his backpedalling has failed to allay concerns from both allies and rivals alike, with both calling on him to be more transparent, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).

    Congressman Carlos Zarate, a Duterte ally, said that concerns over Duterte’s bill of health would be better addressed if a medical bulletin was released and “his physician explains how the President manages the pain that he suffers.”

    Senator Leila de Lima — the leading voice of opposition to Duterte’s drug war — added that concerns raised by this revelation could extend to “the impact or side effects that the medications he is taking may have, especially on his lucidity and ability to make decisions with a clear mind,” AFP reported.

    Duterte subsequently insisted in an interview with the BBC that he is “not an addict,” saying that “addiction is only with regularity.”

    Fentanyl is an opioid many times stronger than morphine according to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse. It and other synthetic opioids were responsible for 9,580 overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2015. According to the latest figures, more than 6,000 people have been killed in Duterte’s extrajudicial war on drugs.

    By Kevin Lui - Time/Dec. 19, 2016
    Photo: Time
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Alfa
    Re: Duterte's Admission of Opioid Abuse "a Joke" But Legislators Not Amused, Want Ans

    So the president that has personally killed drug abusers and has ordered the extrajudicial killings of drug users, now confesses to be a drug user himself?

    That's a pretty surrealistic statement.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: Duterte's Admission of Opioid Abuse "a Joke" But Legislators Not Amused, Want Ans

    Yup. That's what is seems like. How ironic, huh?
  3. Alfa
    Re: Duterte's Admission of Opioid Abuse "a Joke" But Legislators Not Amused, Want Ans

    Especially since Duterte gave his people a Carte Blanche to kill drug users. Which now includes Duterte himself.
  4. perro-salchicha614
    Re: Duterte's Admission of Opioid Abuse "a Joke" But Legislators Not Amused, Want Ans

    It's called projection.
  5. Gradois
    Re: Duterte's Admission of Opioid Abuse "a Joke" But Legislators Not Amused, Want Ans

    It wouldn't suprise me the least if he is a heavy drug abuser. The most violent and vocal opponents of any substance/action have an uncanny tendency to also be the heaviest user/practioner. Projection of ones ones shadow and that stuff, yes. Also I think when you obsess over anything, then with time you will grow a fascination/fondness for it. Even when you are consciously convinced that it is evil/bad.

    Also, if his comments printed in the article are more or less verbatim, then this guy must also be suffering form some other kind of psychological condition. He is basically saying: "You should believe me when i say that I lied to you and you were a fool for believing me."
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