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Why You Shouldn’t Take Pills: Why Doctors And Pharmacists Lie

There are plenty of reasons not to take prescription drugs. In fact, prescription drug use is already a leading cause of addiction. Why all the lies? Doctors and pharmacists often tell their patients pills aren’t real and can’t cure anything.

We have so many excuses, excuses that sound legitimate on the surface, but which ultimately come down to the belief that our bodies can’t heal themselves and that they need our help. To make these people believe that prescription drugs (often prescribed for conditions that are totally unaltered by them) will address their illnesses, we offer them a prescription that will not alleviate the pain; that in fact, it will magnify it for our own good.

When I first started using OxyContin I was prescribed it for a back injury from a fall in high school. I was told by a doctor that I would never recover with medication and so I could expect I would feel worse with it. In addition to causing an incredible amount of pain, the side effects were horrific. I was at one point in my life dependent on it. I had to stop and go see a doctor who gave me prescriptions for more prescription drugs. I was also told my pain was the worst they had ever seen. To top it off I was told I would never function normally without drugs. The doctor told me my body didn’t understand it’s pain and wanted to get rid of it.

My doctor’s name and office phone number is circled in red below. In addition to my doctor, he has a number of other doctors who do drug evaluation and prescription counseling at the office.

Why We Lie: A Few Examples From The Top

You can see the entire conversation in this video:

One example, from doctor number 5, in particular, stands out. He tells my wife that he understands she doesn’t want children, and she needs to know that OxyContin won’t reduce her chance of having them:

“I know that you’re not ready to have a child. You might do it later, but it’s not a good time yet. And you also might not have enough time. You might have to work at it sometimes and it might take more time than other things for you to be ready to have that child.”

He said “You need to do it” and she could say, “I have other children I’d like to help with, so…” and he would be okay with that.

I know she wasn’t ready to have a baby. So how is this different from people who choose abortion? Or those who choose having children they don’t want when they know their lives are going to be terrible without them (or when they are so young that children will never be able to help them?) Or those who choose to have children they don’t like?

Another example from doctor number 5 is the following. He’s talking to this young woman, whom we’ll call Alice:

“…I would think you’re not ready to have a child. It’s a big commitment. I know it feels hard, but if it would mean that you could be happier now, you have to consider it. You are taking this in order to prevent a life you think might not be a good life for you right now or you think that it’s not even worth having because of any other negative experiences with other people. …The way I see it, the more people you have, the longer and a bigger the time you could live on your own. You’re not ready to have a baby because you’re not ready to have children in the first place. …If you really do want children, and if there’s something you’re ready to give the child, it’s worth something. It’s still not worth having a child until you are ready.