February 22nd, 2011 4:15 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: Politics, Drugs

Congressman David Wu Acknowledges Use of Prescription Painkillers

David WuThis photo of U.S. Rep. David Wu landed in staffers' inboxes as concerns about the Democratic congressman's behavior increased. A spokesman for Wu called the photo "a moment with his kids."

U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) acknowledged today in a statement to WW that he used prescription painkillers  last fall in the run-up to his election campaign, a period that is now the subject of intense national scrutiny.

As first reported by WW on the afternoon of Feb. 18, the Democratic congressman behaved bizarrely in a string of unusual pre-election incidents that included the Oregon lawmaker sending late-night emails and odd photos. That stretch caused close political advisers to stage two "interventions" before the Nov. 2 election. Sources tell WW the aides were worried about Wu's health and urged him to seek psychiatric care.

Wu's statement today about the painkillers—prescribed by a doctor—offered further details about the stress he was undergoing one week before the election.

"Last fall, I had occasional spasms of severe neck pain for which I took medication that was prescribed by my doctor," Wu said in a written statement.

For more, be sure to check out tomorrow's WW.

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