Law enforcement and the media like to focus upon the illegal drugs and criminal activities associated with street crime, but the statistics show that the real problem is among the millions of prescriptions addicts currently stumbling through life half conscious and uncoordinated from anti-
depressants and anxiety medicines. And the worst part of this epidemic is its profit driven approval by the medical community at large, who find that writing a prescription for mid-life nervousness is much easier than therapy for the busy medicine men.
Modern life is, in itself, cause for anxiety, and anyone failing to worry about the increasing tensions of life just isn’t paying attention. That given, the desire to relieve such concerns has resulted in an entire class of drugs that disable certain synapses in the brain that dampen the response to such stress, and, incidentally, most other emotion as well. Zombie like unresponsiveness and dull wits are hardly a positive outcome of treatment, but the trend continues much to the profit of the pharmo-industrial complex and its record profits.
Still another deadly danger lurks in the various treatments for ADD and other classroom behavioral disorders. What would have in another day have been diagnosed as boyish pranks and spring fever at school now trigger medicinal intervention by teachers and administrators in the form of high dosage amphetamines, most notably Ritalin, which so stimulates the mind that it completely incapacitates the user from physical activity. The mind races too fast to allow any action before being distracted by yet another sudden thought. It makes teachers happy since the boisterous interruptions in class cease and the child sits still, glassy eyed and drooling.
The entire question of behavioral medication needs to be reviewed, not only by the medical community but the ethicists who might ask if these drugs do not themselves constitute the real drug abuse in our system.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.