Does that seem a tad harsh for me to accuse Mr. Hubbs of self-medicating? It might if but for the fact that Mr. Hubbs used those very words himself. In fact, Mr. Hubbs was actually quoted as saying his DUIs were a result of him "self medicating [his] anxiety disorder".
So when the law finally caught up with Mr. Hubbs and arrested him for multiple DUIs, did that turn him around and help him pull his life together? Did Mr. Hubbs admit fault and accept responsibilities for his actions? Not exactly... he merely blamed his behavior on his need to self-medicate.
Ask any alcoholic or addict and they will give you a laundry list of excuses on why they do what they do, so when Mr. Hubbs says he was self-medicating his anxiety disorder it doesn't really shock me in the slightest, especially when such an excuse comes from a hypocrite.
It appears there is a pattern of behavior emerging with Mr. Hubbs, and it doesn't end with alcohol abuse alone. In fact, several years ago Mr. Hubbs was arrested for shoplifting nutritional supplements from Shopko, and it appears this wasn't his first incident of shoplifting. Case in point:
"I was arrested for shoplifting nutritional supplements; which had become a compulsion; I just got more daring and brave, with each time I got away with it." ~ Lowell HubbsSo based upon Mr. Hubbs own admission he had a "compulsion" for shoplifting which continued right up until the point he was apprehended by a Shopko loss prevention manager and handed over to the police. So when Mr. Hubbs was caught shoplifting do you think he finally took this as an opportunity to admit fault and to change his lifestyle? No... instead - he blamed his actions upon his prescribed medications (namely Paxil and Alprazolam).
That might not seem like such a huge stretch since people do often have strange side effects from prescriptions especially when mixed with alcohol, and considering Mr. Hubbs track record with alcohol consumption and his admitted reliance upon alcohol for "self-medication" purposes... who knows what the impact might be. However, Paxil warning information specifically states to avoid taking it with alcohol, and since I doubt Mr. Hubbs was ever prescribed a 12 oz. can of Budweiser along with his daily dose of Paxil, we can once again clearly state that Mr. Hubbs has no one to blame for his legal troubles other than himself.
Even more shocking is the fact that several weeks prior to his apprehension for shoplifting, Mr. Hubbs was arrested for stealing a bicycle. The irony is thick with this one since Mr. Hubbs has been known to accuse others of stealing his bikes, so aside from the obviously and oh-so-apparent karma, it would seem that once again Mr. Hubbs is nothing other than a hypocrite. A self-medicating felon of a hypocrite, but a hypocrite nevertheless.
So what was Mr. Hubbs' excuse when he was arrested for stealing the bike? You guessed it... he stood right in front of a judge and had his lawyer state that his medication had been prescribed improperly. He didn't accept responsibility for his actions and obviously didn't learn from the experience considering he was shoplifting a few short weeks later.
In yet another example of how Mr. Hubbs refuses to accept responsibility for his actions, rather than admitting his mistake and learning from it, he actually complained that the punishment far exceeded the crime itself when he made the following statement:
"For a $15 bike, it cost me 10 days in jail, $300 some odd dollars in fines and jail costs, and several hundred for my attorney" ~ Lowell HubbsEven through all of that, Mr. Lowell Hubbs never learned a lesson. He never admitted fault, he never turned his life around, and he continued to abuse prescription drugs combined with alcohol. How do I know this? Simple... in the following years after the events described above, Mr. Hubbs was arrested, charged and convicted of two more DUIs. I guess some people are just really slow learners.
So of course like any good recovering addict would do, Mr. Hubbs finally decided it was time to face his demons. He was finally determined to find the root cause of all his troubles and address it head on. He was going to make life changes, accept responsibility for his actions, turn his life around and finally improve his situation. Oh wait... that is what a normal person would have done, and if you know Lowell Hubbs he is far from a normal person.
So what did Mr. Hubbs really do? Well, he did what any good addict with an extensive criminal record does - he sued the makers of Paxil!
The case is Bauerle et al v. Smithkline Beecham Corporation and the lead case is 4:04-cv-04187-LLP. A certain Lowell Hubbs at 400 S. Prairie #9 Sioux Falls, SD 57104 was listed in that case as well and was represented by none other than A. Russell Janklow.
Eventually the case was transferred in 2005 and rolled into a larger case against the makers of Paxil. The case then became Lesli Hamilton, et al. vs Glaxosmithkline, Inc. with the lead case being 2:03-ml-01574-MRP. I won't bore you with the details, but here is a brief summary of the result:
JOINT STIPULATION AND ORDER DISMISSING WITH PREJUDICE CLAIMS OF IDENTIFIED PLAINTIFFS by Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer: Plaintiffs listed below hereby dismiss with prejudice all of their claims against Defendant regarding its drug Paxil: (1) Rose M Bauerle; (2) Lowell Kevin Hubbs; (3) Dean Dorian Price; (4) Chad Jon Singsaas; (5) Lisa Lindner Sweeney-Nicol; (6) Kimberly Winger. Each party to bear their own costs, pursuant to FRCP 41(a). This Document Relates to Bauerle 2:05-cv-02185 MRP (CWx).(bg, ) (Entered: 12/27/2006)If you wish to read more about the case, you can do so right here.
So long story short, the case was settled in late 2006. I won't bother to post the entire 26 page legal brief (although I can email it upon request), but basically it appears there was some form of settlement between Mr. Hubbs (including the other plaintiffs) and Glaxosmithkline (GSK). So what does Mr. Hubbs have to say about all of this? Read for yourself:
"We walked away six years later with an out of court settlement, and an across the board GSK denial, and about $20,000 each; (minus the law firms cut)." ~ Lowell HubbsNow keep in mind that the lawsuit was based upon the claim that Paxil caused addiction, but there was never anything in any of the testimony or court records to suggest that Paxil causes people to steal bikes from behind Casinos or to self-medicate with massive amounts of alcohol or to drive while intoxicated or to mix alcohol with anti-depressants or to go on shoplifting sprees just because they feel like it.
Mr. Hubbs is simply the type of person who will always look elsewhere when it comes time to determine who is to blame for his own issues. It is always the fault of someone else or a side effect of a drug he took. His four convictions for driving under the influence weren't his fault, nor was the shoplifting or theft. This is why Lowell Hubbs has become the anti-mainstream medicine zealot he has become. This is why he continually blames "big pharma" for anything and everything and why he has a personal vendetta against modern medicine and pharmaceuticals.
The fact is, Mr. Hubbs' continual legal problems were never caused by a drug company or a retail store. They were never caused by a pill or a vaccine. They were never the fault of a police officer, loss prevention agent, or warden nor were they the result of omitted warning labels. Mr. Hubbs legal problems have always been caused by one thing and one thing alone - Mr. Hubbs himself.
So the next time you witness Mr. Hubbs rail against modern medicine or against "big pharma", just remember this whole illusion is based upon the precept that Mr. Hubbs believes he is not responsible for his own actions. That makes perfect sense if you are the type who believes in government mind control or 9/11 conspiracy theories, so it stands to reason Mr. Hubbs would believe it.
But hey... there is some good news to be taken from all of this. Due to Mr. Hubbs' financial settlement with GSK he can afford to buy his own bikes for a change instead of stealing them from others.