Drug deals dealt wrong

John Smith walked into the terrace house on the corner, his footsteps punctuated by occasional splashes into the hidden puddles on the darkened pavement. The house looked like any other from the outside; it had seen better days but was still standing strong. Opening the heavy, scratched door a bell rang announcing his arrival. John sat down and waited for the deal to take place. The room had an interesting smell, a smell very unlike any other house on the street. It was disinfectant, but lingering with… burnt hair? John couldn’t pick it. The man John had been waiting for beckoned him over before John’s introspection continued.

“I heard about this new pill, I think it would really be what I want”
“Oh, really? What is it John?”

“Mercaptan. It’s what I’ve been looking for and I’d like to give it a try.”

The man walked to the window and bowed his head. Thinking.

“Well John, I don’t think that’s for you. You should stick with phenol.”

John paused and his armed twitched with the dull pain from the needles he had injected into himself every day for the last three years.

“I want mercaptan. I’m sick of these kiddy drugs. I want the pain to go away.”

“I’m not going to give it to you.”

“Fine.”

With that, John walked out of the house en route to another drug distributor, one that would not be so old fashioned about his clients. One that would give them what the wanted. John’s eyes flitted past a certificate on a wall; it was the man’s accreditation as an M.D.

I have no love lost over America’s infamous War on Drugs, but surely they could do themselves a favor and address the hypocrisy that is current within their advertising right now. The ability for pharmaceutical corporations to promote prescription medication means that instances like John’s are far more likely to occur. The problem for this is twofold: firstly, they are advertising their wares, anything from cold and flu tablets to antidepressants, to people who are not certified doctors and psychiatrists. Secondly, the people who are not certified doctors and psychiatrists may think they know what’s best, and subsequently they’ll go to unscrupulous individuals who will give them what they want as opposed to giving them what they need; especially if their commercials are convincing enough.

The parallels with street drug dealing are too numerous to mention. The more unethical doctors will get more customers at a  scant chance of prosecution, erstwhile responsible doctors, doctors that would be keeping a pulse on recent medication anyway will be at a disadvantage. I can’t see any advantage from a medical point of view that advertising prescription drugs across mainstream media could garner. These are dangerous drugs. Some of them dramatically change brain chemistry or heart palpitations and so on. The options and availability of these powerful medications should rest with professionals and not people with imaginative or real mental or physical illnesses.

 

 

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~ by freeze43 on March 15, 2012.

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