Thursday, February 5, 2009

The drugs of our generation

This kid's been to the dentist to get an extra-tooth removed. His dad picked up him up afterwards and had to carry him out. Although, the video itself freaking hilarious, I still wonder, how responsible doctors really handle their drugs at times in this country. I mean this boy is messed up. Especially, around 56 sec. I was like: "Dude, is he on PCP?" - Crazy.

Ever since I am in the states, I am really weirded out by the aggressive advertisement of pain medicine AND especially psychotropic drugs. It seems irresponsible and could procreate addictive behavior as it is quite easy to get ahold of it, if you just talk to your family doctor and recite the symptoms you heard on TV. It's like selling sickness to the people to get them to buy a product right when the first symptoms of too little sleep or insomnia and a stress-ful lifestyle arise. Furthermore, a drug does not help us deal with our problems. It may even help to maintain a lifestyle, behavior- and thought pattern, which we'd be better off if changed.

In regards to Cymbalta, or similar drugs, one of the many, many side effects is: tatatatataaaaaaaaaaaa - drumroll please and big fanfare - suicide. Yay.


John said...

When I saw that video, I had to ask Lindy what that kid had taken. She said it couldn't have been nitrous oxide ("laughing gas") because its effects wear off as soon as you stop breathing it. Then we learned more and found that the kid had actually had anesthesia and surgery, and it made a little more sense. She also said he might be a bit of a drama queen (king?) and hammed it up when he saw the reaction from his dad.

i.Integral said...

Just had to fix some spell errors:

Well, I beg to differ. From all I know about drugs and people on drugs I can tell you that this kid is real and not 'hamming up' anything. The use of an anesthetic is quite reasonable, only the amount is not.
As curious as I am, I showed the clip to my psych professor who's a specialist and researcher about drug abuse and she confirmed my suspicion and my objections, that the kid behaves similar to people on drugs. Also, the phenomenons he describes in the language of an 8-year old are typical to certain narcotics.

Furthermore, it's quite disturbing that the father of the kid continuously tells the boy how good it feels, when he obviously shows signs of displeasure and is despaired over his altered state of mind. Keep in mind, the boy has no idea what caused his 'funny feeling'.

I am pretty surprised, John, that you of all, are not distressed about the irresponsible use (shall I say abuse) of narcotics of some doctors, while you cry out loud about every other case of immorality. Or is it just hard to see that the use of legal drugs is just as great of a problem in this society as the use of illegal ones.