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Prohibit Viagra-- See a Rush to Change Drug Enforcement

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I'm no fan of Rush Limbaugh. But last I heard, Viagra isn't a controlled substance. Does this mean we can all expect to be arrested for possession of penicillin or Prozac without a prescription? Must we now carry our doctors' phone numbers and the prescription bottles-- no pillboxes, please-- to the airport?

Or is this some kind of condition of his probation, that no prescription medication-- controlled or uncontrolled-- shall be in his possession unless he carries around the prescription itself, with his name on it in big letters?

This seems to me to be drug control, once again, gone crazy. Liberals are supposed to want to keep government out of our bedrooms. It's very tempting to enjoy the multiple flavors of hypocrisy being played out here (See this very funny post for just a few of them). But possession of an uncontrolled substance without a prescription-- even one that enables erections-- has never been something for which I've seen a criminal prosecution.

Perhaps we *should* make Viagra into a controlled substance just so that many of the rich, white men who enjoy it get to recognize what it's like to be constantly hounded by the state and at the whim of your doctors' fears. Maybe then we'd get adequate pain control and sane drug policy. Nah, we'd probably just see more selective enforcement, I'm afraid.