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Rep. Wu discusses drug problems

PORTLAND, Ore., March 1 (UPI) -- Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., discussed his prescription drug problems with the news media during a quick weekend trip to Portland.

The Portland Oregonian reported Feb. 18 that members of Wu's staff had tried to convince him to get psychiatric help just before last November's election.

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Wu told Oregon Public Broadcasting Monday he was hospitalized in 2008 because of a combination of drugs.

"In 2008, as my marriage was headed for the rocks, doctors prescribed Valium and Ambien," he said. "The Valium was for daytime stress; the Ambien was to help me sleep. I had a bad reaction to that. It didn't sit well with me."

Wu also met with Democratic Party leaders.

"My sense is that he's ready to get back to work and do the job of a congressman," Oregon Democratic Party Chairwoman Meredith Wood Smith said after a meeting with Wu Monday.

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