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Ford says he's used 'every drug' you can think of



By ROB GILLIES

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said Wednesday he's used "every drug you can probably think of" and blamed substance abuse for the racist and homophobic language he's used.

Ford returned to work this week after a two-month stay in rehab for drugs and alcohol. The mayor of Canada's largest city said he's used cocaine, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, but not heroin. He acknowledged he smoked crack but denied he was a crack addict. He said he drank at City Hall, but never did drugs at work.

"You name it, I've abused it," he said.

Ford refused to say whether he'd resign if he falls of the wagon again. Asked if that was good enough for the people of Toronto, Ford said it would be up to them to decide in the Oct. 27 election.

"I'm taking it one day at a time. I did not drink yesterday, I haven't drunk today," Ford said.

Ford made the remarks in interviews with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and CP24. He returned to City Hall earlier this week and gave a statement but refused to take questions.

The mayor announced in late April that he would seek help for alcohol addiction after a video surfaced that apparently showed him smoking crack cocaine. Reports last year of a similar video led to months of denials before Ford made his statement about smoking crack in a "drunken stupor."

His reign as mayor has been marred by revelations about his drinking problems and illegal drug use. Toronto's City Council stripped Ford of most of his powers last year.

Ford has been repeatedly videotaped and photographed while intoxicated in public and he has made racist and homophobic remarks that were caught on tape. Ford blamed his disease for the remarks. "I can't even imagine using that terminology," he said.

Ford said he won't be resigning to deal with his substance abuse issues. "I love my job and keeping busy is the best thing for me," he said.

He said he's been abusing drugs and alcohol for years and said his job is not what drove him to abuse substances.

"I was ruining my health. I couldn't function day to day. I was ruining my family and my job as mayor," he said.

The mayor declined to say where he got his drugs, saying "I'm not going to get into the criminal element." He also declined to talk about the police investigation into him and why he won't talk to police.

Ford has already returned to the campaign. He was jeered and cheered as he mingled with revelers during Canada Day festivities on Tuesday.

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aptwest July 02 2014 at 4:35 PM

I ACTUALLY BELIEVE HIM MORE THAN OBLAMO.

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mvnup July 02 2014 at 5:13 PM

At least he owns up to his mistakes. That more than Mr. 0 and his cronies do.

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spikecogan July 02 2014 at 4:22 PM

Dear constituants......I am in rehab...can't work.....but can go on tv entertainment shows and make jokes.
p.s......thanks for the paychecks( how do you like my really cool outfit, by the way ? )

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edhamox spikecogan July 02 2014 at 6:25 PM

Same as the Jacksons of Chicago.

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Mike July 02 2014 at 5:40 PM

Next he should try arsenic.

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ranger197172 Mike July 02 2014 at 7:54 PM

We used it on rats in nam. They got where they liked it.

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shane15235 July 02 2014 at 7:32 PM

please, canada, for the love of god get rid of this freak show. thanks.

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donpantanella shane15235 July 03 2014 at 12:06 PM

He is not the Mayor of Canada.

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vstlvlvaccaro July 02 2014 at 5:38 PM

...and they make others in office resign for having an affair ...go figure..

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tangier vstlvlvaccaro July 02 2014 at 8:10 PM

Having an affair are two different things. One is with a woman and the other is doing drugs but both are a lot of fun.

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laclone July 02 2014 at 9:47 PM

Instead of using heroin, Ford loaded up and mainlined McDonalds Big Macs.

He has an honorary degree in Mining Engineering for his expertise in shoring apart his a$$ cheeks, just to take a dump.

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tornekrayville July 03 2014 at 1:44 AM

This pig eyed sack of s**t should even make dog catcher let alone mayor. What a JOKE!!

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donpantanella July 03 2014 at 12:07 PM

and how is he any different then some of our polticians?

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screamingeagleaz July 02 2014 at 5:44 PM

He's the next Chris Farley! Get him into movies. 1980's style comedies,

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