Friday, April 4, 2014

Just Say No!

"Mrs. Reagan. Now we go on to the next stop: making a final commitment not to tolerate drugs by anyone, anytime, anyplace. So, won't you join us in this great, new national crusade?"
Just say No.  Many grew up with this mantra.  Drug were evil.  One hit of CRACK and you're addicted.  Those drug addicted folks steal!  They LIE!  And that evil Marijuana - "Women Cry For It, Men Die For It!"

And so, my 75 year old mother, who hasn't slept in weeks is scared to take a Tylenol or Advil to ease the pain.  Those drugs ya know, all part of some conspiracy by the pharmaceutical industry to get us all hooked. All we need is our bodies and positive thoughts.  Or prayer, as some religions believe while their children suffer. Or Love is All We Need, as the Beatles sang.

Great example of pulling strings.  Not very far at all removed from the snake handler who thinks "god loves me, so that rattler won't bite". Blasphemy to suggest that many successful folks smoke pot regularly, some smoke crack occasionally, low and behold even METH can be done without causing you to lose your life??  But, the vision of the drunkard, the vision of the wayward, and the addict is sticky isn't it?  So folks avoid taking a Tylenol, much less a doctor's prescribed percoset, to make the pain subside so they can sleep through the night.

They say Bacon is the "gateway drug" for vegetarians... I wonder what the "gateway drug" to being comfortable enough with our own self and fortitude to be willing to take a pain reliever is?

I don't fit this category, in IQ or drug-use, but the research is a bit startling isn't it?
"Researchers discovered men with high childhood IQs were up to two times more likely to use illegal drugs than their lower-scoring counterparts.  Girls with high IQs were up to three times more likely to use drugs as adults."

I don't know about intelligence, but it strikes me that there may be some relationship to feeling empowered and comfortable in our own skin to allowing oneself the benefit of modern science to alleviate pain.  But, the messaging has been hard and consistent for years and that "all drugs are evil" has resulted in more that a little collateral damage.