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  • 3 years ago

    how exactly is vicodin or oxy any different from heroine? it's heroine in a pill. Junkies buy oxy when they can't get their hands on heroine.. i really wanna hear what the argument there is for allowing prescription drugs to be sold over the counter!

    • 3 years ago

      1) The difference between prescription drugs and heroin is that prescription drugs have a use and a purpose beyond getting high. Hard prescription drugs are for people in intense pain, usually after physical trauma. However, due to the increasing abuse of prescription drugs, doctors are more reluctant to prescribe drugs to people who genuinely need them. If these drugs were available without a prescription, it would significantly increase access for those who medically need the drugs. 

      2) All drugs are available on the black market in the status quo. By putting the buying & selling of prescription drugs into the economy, we would be capitalizing on funds--including sales tax--that we don't currently have access to. This means a few things.
      A) Big Pharma companies make more money --> they can lower the cost of these/other drugs --> we rid the world of Martin Shkreli's everywhere. 
      B) Federal Gov. makes more money (from sales tax/regulation) --> lower income tax and/or more money for government programs/Medicare/Medicaid/health care in general.
      C) Legal drugs are extremely unlikely to be laced with anything, and they will always be what they say they are. Taking the drug you intend to take as opposed to a different drug/that drug laced with something else is exceptionally good for one's mental, emotional, and physical health. 

      3) Legalizing drugs reduces the stigma around them. I think most kids who experiment with drugs choose drugs like weed or ecstasy which have a social connotation--I don't think a lot of 16 year olds are getting into Valium or Oxy. This is not to say that prescription drug abuse doesn't happen, just that it happens in a smaller scale than abuse of alcohol/weed. This means a few things.
      A) the increase in people abusing prescription drugs will be marginal: while of course there will be an increase in users if these drugs become over-the-counter, it will not be significant. Would you go out and try cocaine if it became legal today? No? Me neither. Same with prescription drugs. 
      B) Rehab will be less stigmatized and easier to access. Prescription drug addictions will be treated like alcoholism rather than like a heroin addiction: it will be treated like an illness with a health plan rather than a self-inflicted condition. Thus, more people will have access to the health care they need. 

      There's a lot more I can say on the topic, but that's mainly where I'm coming from. 

  • 3 years ago

    This would be a very good solution to the birth control funding controversies. Just let women buy it OTC, it'll be much cheaper that way.

    Which might free up some money for to get better and more regular advice from their physician, I'd hope...