Stats from the USA. 70% of us are on prescription drugs. The amount of drugs being used could be equally doled out to EVERY person, and each would have 12. The highest drugs used: antibiotics, antidepressants, and painkilling opioids.
According to Medscape 1 in 5 adults are taking a psychiatric medication.
That's fine, do what you would like, as long as you are aware of the problem...that is all I care about. It are the ones that are not aware that scare me.
Druggy: Caused by, involving, or given to taking drugs, especially illegal ones. (Interesting note, druggy was coined in the 16th century, which really doesn't surprise many, after all, life can be very cruel, and one would be hard pressed if they never said they wanted to escape)
So we have a lot of Druggies, to be sure. But check out what a Junky is...according to Oxford, which those of you who know me, know it is the only dictionary I use. :)
Junky: Useless or of little value.
Now, when is a human considered a junky, well when they are no longer useful to themselves. Right? I mean there is a fine line between "handling" a situation with a little help now and then, and ending up passed out on the street with poop running down your legs. (I knew an alcoholic that didn't stop drinking until he woke up in the morning passed out in a gutter covered in his own shit, I would say, in that moment of time...he was useless to himself)
First...Let's put this in context. When I was a teenager I was at a party, and a girl was about to "shoot-up" I wanted to watch, more as a morbid type of curiosity, I didn't want to do it because I was lucky enough to have watched Less Than Zero, and had watched, in horror, as Robert gave blow jobs for drugs...That was enough to scare the SHIT out of me. BUT...I watched her, and it was like watching someone descending into a dark abyss of utter nothingness. Her head flopped backwards, and she slid down to a seated position. It scared me, and I thought: Why? Why would you do this to yourself?
Now back to the: I shared, on facebook, over a year ago... a documentary on Psychiatry and how dangerous these drugs can really be. No big deal. Just another day in facebook world.
This person unfriended me, got in an argument with me online, and when we were together, she attacked me for my views. She told me that people who do not go to psychiatrist and take drugs are the dangerous ones. Okay...I can take it, I realize it's something she needs. BUT...press forward thirty minutes. She pulls out five different pills, FIVE, and takes them. After a few minutes her head lolled backwards and her body sank deeply into the couch where she remained still for more than thirty minutes. And to be honest, I thought back to that party, back to the junky who was literally killing herself. And this girl was telling me that MORE people need to be like her. She was the mentally normal one.
Why do I bring this up? People aren't stupid, an alcoholic knows they have a problem, people who smoke know that they will eventually need to quit or face the real risk of not being able to breathe, an obese person knows that eating the entire pizza is not the best for them ... We know this... BUT... there seems to be a disconnect when it comes to prescribed medication. And medication is almost like a double edge sword...isn't it.
I had a friend who got hurt as a teenager. She was prescribed some heavy pain pills, which she needed, but she got hooked, and when she was thirty she turned into a heroin addict and ended up in jail for prostitution (She needed help, not jail time). It was sad really. ... But most of us know the dangers of painkillers, and most of us are careful when we have them. ... So where is the disconnect when someone is taking 5 different psychological pills? I think it is the same kind of disconnect you saw during the times of the Wild West when doctors prescribed morphine, for headaches, and magically, morphine was seen as safe. (This goes for cigarettes)
Now, do I care if adults want to use drugs as a means for coping with this ever growing burdensome life? No, they are adults, free to choose, I would hope their doctors inform them, but if not we have google, we have every drug listed online, and when they get the drug they get a package insert with lots of information...so it's not like they are being forced. (BUT...I am against forced medication, especially forced psychiatric medication)
So why did you bother writing this if you don't care? Well, there is something I care about. My children's future and the ever growing debt our country is going into, not to mention the fact that we are forced to buy healthcare, and with tax-dollars and the like, I feel like it is not sustainable to continue to pay for these dangerous drugs. Seriously. I'm tired of people saying that we need "free" healthcare, which is a collective pool of money from the people, when most of them aren't bothering to lower the price of healthcare by practicing health. You know exercise, eating right, getting out of shitty situations that make them so depressed that they have to risk their health just to manage life.
Our healthcare costs are not just the fault of insurance companies or government regulations or of greedy corporations, our healthcare costs are also high because of US, yes, the people that want a magic pill for everything. If you want a one-payer system, if you want to rob from our children's children, then in the VERY least, attempt to be mentally and physically fit. Is this possible for everyone? I doubt it, but most of us can do this...do you know how I know? Well, just look back about twenty, thirty years, we did it then, we can do it again. If anything, I am just saying that I do care, and with prices going through the roof and health insurance companies demanding for a bailout, we are going BROKE. We have to
I'd ask that you take a look at the following article: The Half-Trillion-Dollar Depression
And also take a look at the following website: Medical Whistle Blower Network
SIDE NOTE: NEVER, NEVER QUIT YOUR DRUGS WITHOUT GETTING HELP FROM A MEDICAL DOCTOR!!!!!!