Friday, March 12, 2010

Drug Dealers Safer Than Doctors

Like most people I have spent the last two days wearing black in mourning for the tragic passing of Corey Feldman Haim due to taking prescription drugs. Which begs the obvious question whatever happened to the good old fashioned heroin overdose or choking on your own vomit?

Nowadays American celebrities seem to be killing themselves with perfectly legal substances given to them by their doctors, Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger & Brittany Murphy all died after taking prescription meds.

I think there are a number of possible explanations for this- American doctors will give really fun/dangerous drugs out to anyone because of the incentives in their health system, the prescription meds thing is a cover story for cocaine overdose or drug dealers have better health and safety procedures than doctors.

I would guess that it's a case of doctors over prescribing drugs, because I doubt that many people in their 20s & 30s really need that much medicine on a regular basis. When the patients can afford to shop around for a doctor who will dish out painkilliers like smarties they will get what they are looking for.


DJ said...

It depends on how many of those prescription drugs are being prescribed to mask the effects of a fundamentally loony lifestyle in the first place. Chances are, half the time the patient is hanging on by a thread anyway.

Ross said...

In michael Jackson's case several body parts were literally hanging by threads.

JuliaM said...

"...or drug dealers have better health and safety procedures than doctors."

I could believe that, if it wasn't for that little anthrax addition to the heroin supply!