Mike Adams
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The night of my second shoulder dislocation in eleven years, I was lying in bed writhing in pain – apparently from a severely pinched nerve that was hit directly when my shoulder went back into socket. I started punching the mattress before I went – in the middle of the night, mind you – into a steaming hot whirlpool meant to ease the pain after I took all the medication I could find in the house.

Shortly after I found myself desperately dangling from a rafter trying to use my 180 pounds to yank the shoulder out of socket and try again, the sun came up and I got into the car to head to the local doctor’s office. He gave me oxycodone and anti-inflammatory drugs to take for a period of two weeks. And, fortunately, I was able to start recuperating without surgery.

But what about those who have serious spinal injuries, which cannot be cured? What lengths will they go to when their prescriptions are cut off by a physician well after an addiction is established?

As I contemplate the case of Richard Paey I am tempted to ask some very broad questions such as “What would his punishment be if his father had been the Governor of Florida?” and “Does the barbed razor wire keep him from climbing the walls of the prison in his wheelchair?”

But, for now, I will simply ask two questions of the Governor of Florida ( Charlie.Crist@myflorida.com ): “Do you personally believe that Paey was trafficking in narcotics?” and, if not, “What service does his incarceration provide for the people of your state?”

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Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.