House vs. House: Vicodin Addiction and Hearing Loss

Since the TV's first episode of "House, M.D.," I have been concerned with the show's message and have attempted several times to educate the writers and producers regarding the danger of Vicodin abuse. Despite my efforts, Dr. Gregory House's addiction continues.

"House, M.D." started its fifth season on Sept. 16. Any delay in the start of the season because of a looming actors strike gives the writers for "House, M.D." the chance to write an episode involving a patient with sudden hearing loss.

It would be a medical mystery just like every other episode. The cause of his patient's sudden hearing loss would turn out to be a Vicodin addiction. In the episode, Dr. House could finally enter rehab for his own addiction to Vicodin. More importantly, thousands of loyal viewers will learn how an addiction to Vicodin can cause total deafness. What a wonderful public service opportunity.

Maybe the writers are saving that story line for the series finale?

Dr. John House is a practicing physician at the House Clinic and president of the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, Calif.

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