“There’s A Pill For That”

Welcome to the future where there’s a pill for everything under the sun and another pill or 2(or 4) for the side effects. If anyone has been to a doctor you know what I’m talking about. For example, I was having a problem with my blood pressure and instead of exploring the reason for it, my doctor gave me a prescription. When I mentioned side effects, my doctor told me he could give me another pill for that too. I said no thank you, took the first prescription and left.

While reading thru the news of the day recently, I read an article regarding this new “Super Power” pill. I’ve pieced together some of the more interesting, rather glaring highlights that I fear will contribute to the problem that’s got this country by the short hairs. I also changed the name of this medication because I don’t want to advertise it. See if you can spot my concern with the pill.

“Medication Q, which has no recorded side effects…,was soon the target of critics who claimed it was too powerful to be sold without a prescription. Other people…insisted that Medication Q provided an artificial edge for its users and was unfair to those who weren’t taking it.”

The authors of the article decided to test it themselves to see what the hype was all about. This is the report from the person who tested it.

“Week 1 – About 30 minutes after taking my first pill, I felt the effects kick in…a pleasant wave of calmness washed over my entire body…The mental fog and stress…vanished instantly…I reached a level of alertness and concentration I’d never experienced before…It became easy for me to ignore distractions and outside noises.

“Week Two – I was a bit concerned that Medication Q would stop working for me after one week. Not so. I am feeling even more focused and energized than before…I was focused and determined to finish all tasks for the day.

“Week Three – The effects of Medication Q are still with me… [it] has me laser-focused on the job at hand, and I am suddenly able to get things done… I noticed…I was hardly ever stressed, and I was able to control my emotions…I expected to run out of steam around the third week due to my body getting used [it].. But my energy levels…remain steady throughout the day.

“Week Four – I was given the nickname “Superman” at the office, as I’ve become most productive member of the staff…It’s unbelievable how much [it] has changed in just 4 short weeks…it’s definitely improved my memory and the speed at which I process new information.

“In conclusion: Over the past 4 weeks, I found myself bouncing out of bed, sometimes even before my alarm went off because I couldn’t wait to take Medication Q. Things that used to annoy me were no longer an issue. I hardly got stressed and when I did, I was able to control my emotions…One thing I didn’t expect was the euphoric feeling I got while doing work on Medication Q. As a result, I’ve enjoyed my work so much more and my mood has greatly improved. In fact, my co-workers keep making fun of me for walking around with a permanent grin on my face.

“…Don’t just take my word for it though; this is something you need to experience for yourself.”

Can you see the problem I have with this article about this “wonder drug”? Allow me to point out key phrases: “too powerful to be sold without a prescription”, “a pleasant wave of calmness that washed over my entire body”, “I was hardly ever stressed, and I was able to control my emotions”. I’m sure you can pick out the other praises for this drug. Let me also point out that this medication, like many others, was originally created to aid elderly patients with another ailment. This article concerns itself with an “alternate use”.

So why am I concerned and what epidemic am I referring to? The answer is simple, drug addiction. “How can you draw such a conclusion about such a wonderful drug?” I can because as a drug addict, this would’ve been my pitch for my drug of choice.

Wait a minute, doesn’t it also sound like a Big Pharma representative pitch too? Isn’t that similar to what they have told doctors for years to get them to give pain pills to their patients? Yes, actually, it is. Add to that the kickback the doctors got, the lack of education on the effect of these medications or addiction in general, a perfect storm was created. The result, tens of thousands(if not millions) of people with no prior history of it have been turned into addicts. This pill, I fear, will create the same problem or at least exacerbate the current epidemic.

I know we all get a little tired from time to time and we would like to be a bit smarter. Heck, I know I do, but at what cost? As one of those people who didn’t think I had a problem with addiction I can tell you this, if I took this drug and actually felt like the way it was reported, I would no doubt get hooked on and abuse this pill. Before I know it, taking one pill twice a day wouldn’t be enough. No, this writer who has celebrated a few 24hrs clean doesn’t see this as a life enhancer but rather an eventual life destroyer. One only needs to look at the history of addiction to see the eventual outcome if this medication is prescribed and dispensed like aspirin is.

Thought for the day: Someone close to me said that happiness comes in a bottle. While this may be true on some level, true happiness comes from within.

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