Several days ago, Dr. Drew Pinsky was talking about Lindsay Lohan’s cracked-out shenanigans on his Facebook page (in comments later reprinted by Radar). Dr. Drew commented: “If she were my daughter, I would pack her car full with illegal substances, send her on her way, call the police, and make sure she was arrested. I would make sure she was not allowed to get out of jail. I would then go to the judge and make sure she was ordered to a minimum of a three year sobriety program.” Dr. Drew later added to Radar: “I absolutely wish no harm to her, but I just have a feeling that something awful is going to happen to her, like she is going to lose a limb. I hope Lindsay gets help before something terrible happens. I have said this many times before, I believe that Lindsay will make a wonderful sober person, someday, if she survives this.”
Totally harsh, right? Like, it’s one thing for all of us out here in the cheap seats to comment on Lindsay’s cracked out shenanigans and puffy vampirism, but it’s quite another when a licensed psychiatrist (or whatever he is, I don’t feel like looking it up) is all “You should get a bunch of cocaine and meth and put it in her car, and hopefully the po-po will taser the f-ck out of her and send her cracked-out ass to jail.” And beyond that, it’s a horrible plan. What if Lindsay was the one to get to her car before the po-po? She would just smoke, snort, inject whatever she “found” and there would be no evidence for the cops to process. Bad plan, Dr. Drew!
Anyway, people are totally enraged about this whole thing, including our beloved crackhead. The Milkaholic ran to Gossip Cop (via OK Magazine) to call out Dr. Drew on his bullsh-t. Note something weird: I completely agree with Lindsay‘s assessment of Dr. Drew. Lindsay said: “He’s a quack and a sell-out… Please tell him to stop! I’m fine I don’t get what’s wrong with people.” Slow clap for Lindsay.
Lindsay’s not the only one whose pissed. HuffPo is now running a piece about how everyone on Facebook was freaking about Dr. Drew’s comments:
Celebrity addiction specialist Drew Pinsky — who goes by Dr. Drew — is taking an online beating for suggesting that the best way to deal with Lindsay Lohan’s drug problem is to “pack her car full with illegal substances” and then call the police.
Dr. Drew’s Facebook page was quickly lit up with criticism following the publication by Radar of his comments. Framing Lohan would itself be a crime and, critics of Dr. Drew are pointing out, would put her at risk of being beaten or shot by the cops.
“If she were my daughter, I would pack her car full with illegal substances, send her on her way, call the police, and make sure she was arrested,” prescribed Dr. Drew. “I would make sure she was not allowed to get out of jail. I would then go to the judge and make sure she was ordered to a minimum of a three year sobriety program.”
Dr. Drew, who hosts a celebrity recovery show and gives professional advice, apparently lives in a world where people found with a “car full with illegal substances” are able to ask the judge to be sent to rehab for three years, instead of prison, and not have their request laughed out of court.
Blogger Scott Morgan at the Drug War Chronicle was among the first to lash out at, arguing that “when you sell Beverly Hills addiction therapy as pop-culture entertainment media, you forget that those same rules don’t apply in Ohio and any parent taking Dr. Drew’s reckless advice is putting their family in the drug war’s deadly crossfire.”
Dr. Drew’s Facebook fans didn’t appreciate the suggestion. A sample of the responses:
Katharanie Celantano: “Dr. Drew, I’ve had several friends die of addiction. I’ve also watched friends struggle to get treatment and have their efforts thwarted by the criminal justice system. These have been some of the most difficult experiences of my life, and it pains me to hear that someone of your influence would say something so destru…ctive and misguided. I know how ugly addiction is, and that is why your words break my heart. Just because my medical challenges do not involve illegal substances, I go to the doctor when I’m sick. And because some of the medical challenges of my friends do involve illegal substances, they don’t get to go to the doctor – they end up incarcerated. And let me tell you – I’ve seen with my own eyes that PTSD just makes a bad situation worse.”
Tom Wytiaz: “Dr Drew, you have to do better. Doctors are supposed to do no harm. You should be advocating for drug law reform and harm reduction, not horrific police tactics and coercive treatment.”
Julia Peterson: “Dr. Drew, you should do a little research about how our criminal justice system treats addicts before you suggest to their families to have them arrested. Only 11% of prisoners with addiction problems get treatment in prison. Besides, prison can be more damaging to a person than an addiction….Prison is not the right solution for addiction.”
[From Huffington Post]
Yeah, I think Dr. Drew is a quack. As CB says, “He’s the Gloria Allred of doctors.” Or, as I say, “What Dr. Drew is to medicine, Lindsay Lohan is to acting.” He shouldn’t have suggested anything like this – although it’s the kind of dumb plan most of us would have hatched, right? I mean, I’ve often thought, “Damn, maybe jail is the only thing that could get Blohan clean.” But I’m not a doctor, and I don’t pretend to be an addiction specialist for money. I just dish out common sense on crackheads on a gossip blog.