I routinely scan the pages of our county jail's recent intake list, scanning the images for people I know. So many people I went to school with keep popping up, wasted and aged beyond their years.
Just today I ran across the image there of a girl I dated in junior high, she looks easily 20 years older than I am, missing teeth, sores all over her face...it's disheartening. She was a beautiful girl, but those pills...
And then I click over to the local news site, and what do I see? A new pain clinic is about to open.
I don't deny that people have a personal responsibility to make their own decisions, but you and I both know big pharma push this $hit to doctors who write scripts like they're going out of style. Used to if your back hurt, the doc would ask you why your back hurt and then tell you not to do that anymore, or to take some Tylenol and deal with it. Now, out comes the script pad.
Pills are a terrible travesty in my area. I almost never hear of arrests or busts for illegal drugs anymore, it's all prescription meds.
Are pills a big problem in your area? Do you think doctors prescribe this $hit too freely?