Tucker Carlson says he has a new understanding of the opioid crisis
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has detailed his ordeal of emergency back surgery in leaked comments to his production staff, saying the “intense” experience with potent prescription painkillers had given him a new understanding of the opioid crisis. .
Carlson made the comments in a private address to his crew on Wednesday, hours after he had emergency back surgery to correct a problem that left him in excruciating pain, according to a tape to the comments reported by Vice News.
The conservative expert apparently suffered an undisclosed injury on Monday that prompted him to seek treatment and undergo emergency surgery on Wednesday morning, calling it “one of the most traumatic things that ever happened to me in my entire life,” in the statement. leaked comments.
Carlson, an outspoken teetotaler, said even high doses of prescription opioids dilaudid and fentanyl couldn’t relieve pain, but said his experience with the powerful drugs gave him a new appreciation for their ability to “quench the mind in you.” .
Carlson can be seen on Wednesday’s show hours after undergoing emergency surgery. He said in leaked comments that the ordeal gave him a new understanding of the opioid crisis
It’s unclear what prompted the surgery, but Carlson was said to have been suffering from severe back pain for several weeks before things got worse early this week.
After his election show on Tuesday, his executive producer rushed him to a Florida hospital, where he underwent surgery the next day before returning to the airwaves later Wednesday night. Page six.
A Fox News spokesperson told Vice: “Tucker Carlson had emergency back surgery yesterday and did the show anyway. He thanks everyone who listened in and watched closely.’
“That was one of the most intense experiences of my life,” Carlson said of the ordeal in the leaked comments to his staff, according to Vice.
“They beat me, they told me this morning, with such a massive dose of dilaudid, which is more potent than morphine, when I got there that I had trouble breathing,” he said.
‘Shock me rotten. Had no effect at all. And as I lay there all night, the nurse finally increased my dose of dilaudid to the point where I hit it every eight minutes and it was like being shot. Like bam, feel it hit me, and it didn’t hit the pain,” Carlson continued.
Carlson said even the powerful opioid fentanyl didn’t cure his pain, but said he noticed the drug sapping his mind and taking away his sense of dignity.
“I literally didn’t sleep for a second last night and I was on so many damn drugs,” he said. “It was like, more drugs, more drugs. I didn’t know there was untreatable pain.’
“They gave me fentanyl this morning, it didn’t cure it — they gave me intravenous fentanyl,” he said.
Carlson said the aching pain didn’t stop until he went under general anesthesia for the surgery.
“And they gave me all kinds of other shit. I was like, ‘Fine, go for it.’ And then it didn’t end until they gave me propofol, and I went out. Then I woke up and I was like, I felt all right. I haven’t taken any Advil,” he said after the operation.
Carlson said he will never use opioids again if possible, describing how the drugs sapped his mind.
“I had a spirit of fear in me that I don’t have,” he said. ‘I’m not bragging, I don’t have it. And I think you can feel it. I don’t have it, I think that’s why I’m successful, because I’m just not afraid. I felt afraid of life or something. It’s interesting,’ he said.
It’s unclear what prompted the surgery, but it’s believed Carlson had severe back pain for several weeks this week before there was an emergency.
“It was super deep. And I just haven’t had those feelings since I was involved in a plane crash 20 years ago this month. I’ve never had those feelings. I’m always like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to die, I don’t care.’ And I mean it. But last night I was like, ‘Oh s**t.’ Anxiety – just like fear. People who have fear, that’s what I felt. And it was because of those drugs,’ he said.
“They extinguish the spirit in you. And they make you feel like you’re running away. You hide. It’s so damn deep. I’m filthy in bed with dog toys on my pillow, and it doesn’t bother me. And that’s not me. Like I’m fucking – in real life I was the sheets every day. I’m that guy. I shower every day,” he continued.
“I just thought that was the most interesting thing that ever happened to me. It wasn’t even that I survived, it wasn’t even about me, it was about what it does to people. It was just so damn interesting,” Carlson said.
“It explains so much of what we see around us. Just the lack of dignity. And that weird drive you have to have of, ‘That’s not in the right order, it should be. You know?’ It imprints this indifferently.’
When it was reached, a Fox News spokeswoman DailyMail.com referred to the statement the network had provided to Vice.