Medicate Me

Posted 2007.08.19 0.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

So I’m flipping channels on the TV. On the Discovery Channel is some guy who goes on about how other people have dangerous work, and he goes and hangs out with them till they get some footage. He joins up with some cops in some city, and they go looking for drugs. Specifically, for Meth labs. In the cops’ lead in, they talked about how dangerous meth labs are because the manufacturing process is dangerous. I didn’t notice any big spiel about the drugs themselves being dangerous, just the manufacture. And the guys making them, the cops indicated that the manufacturers are dangerous.

So they go off and raid some houses. Suspected, alleged houses. They only showed one on the TV and I didn’t see if they had a warrant or not. Nobody was home, so they let themselves in, and a dozen or more heavily armed men in black clothes and jackboots tromped through this house, searching it. They scored a bottle of perscription drugs, and a tiny amount of weed at the bottom of a tin cookie box.

Then it sort of hit me. They’re acting on a tip. They admitted this. Someone called the cops and said, they think this house is a drug lab. That’s all. Someone, maybe didn’t like his neighbor, calls in a tip and presto – the men with black boots and guns are storming the place, searching it, finding your tylenol and the last traces of your weed.

That was the first point of feeling uncomfortable with the society I was seeing on TV.

So I flipped some more channels, and came into a teaser for a news segment – Americans using more perscription drugs than ever! They showed footage of a drug lab (the legal kind) with a million white pills flowing out of a machine and into a big bin.

That was the second point of feeling uncomfortable with the society I was seeing on TV.

I flipped some more channels and found a black and white war movie about WWII. Finaly – something where the morals are clear-cut and you can trust everyone (good guys and bad) to act accordingly.

Back to the drug thing.. I’m sure this is no great revalation to anyone other than me. Why is there such a big brouhaha about ‘illegal street drugs’? Because the big drug companies don’t like competition. That’s why. It’s legal and acceptable to buy your frigging anti-depressants, pain killers, mood lifters, and cholesterol fighters. Those cost a shit-load of money and that money goes to the big companies, and the politicians they support. You buy something recreational, and that money’s not going to a corporation or a politician. You see the problem here?

It’s the same with their internet gambling laws yes? It’s not technically illigal to gamble online, but they’ve made it illegal to pay for said gambling. Why? After all, it’s ok to gamble at Atlantic City, Vegas, and buy all the official lottery tickets you want. Well, online gambling is usually foreign, which means that the money isn’t going to the right politician or the right gangster / big business.

But back to drugs. How can they go on and on about how some drugs are bad, then turn around and run advertising for other drugs and say they’re good? Am I the only one who sees the disconnect? I’m not saying that all the recreational pharmaceuticals are hugs and puppies and everything’s ok. I’m just saying… what the hell? The only reason that the recreational stuff is such an issue, is these officials are making it an issue. The reason it’s manufactured by criminals, in unsafe conditions, is because that’s the way the officials have set it up. If you could just go and set up a factory/lab, hire some guys with their chemistry degrees, set up a marketing plan, and get your product on the shelves at the local pharmacy, don’t you think they’d do that?

Think of a world where, instead of seeing your next tv commercial for a new drug that will keep you ‘regular’ you see an ad for the new drug that will make your Friday night real fun. What the hell? They run ads for beer and booze? The TV beer drinking rum sipping fancy liquer crowd are a pretty happenen bunch, yes? They’re the cool guys, the party guys, the sexy ladies, the slick guys. That’s not much of a stretch from the chillin’ guys smoking their name-brand weed, or the whacky guys dropping the LSD they saw advertised on TV.

Bah. I’ve lost the level of disgust I had earlier, now I’m just babbling.

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