UNWRITER Ron Berry

June 4, 2009

A Pill Poppin’ Home

Filed under: rants — unwriter1 @ 9:27 am

“Ma, bail me out!”

“Now what did you do?”

“Making meth”

Let’s see, doesn’t this sound a bit familiar? You hear it on the news all the time. Yet no one seems to understand why the kids do this. I think there are two obvious answers. The first one is in the bathroom or kitchen. Mom or dad takes pills to lower their cholesterol. There is one to help with blood pressure and of course there are the daily insulin shots from a life of too much sugared coffee and powdered doughnuts. At least once if not more a day, the kids see the parents poppin’ pills for something. They do seem happier or better afterwards. They are more upbeat and ready to meet the day. The high stress of living these days has put a lot of people on prescription drugs. It’s a case of don’t worry about life, there’s a pill to fix it.

We then have a very grouchy parent but one that improves with the morning coffee and smoke. Kids can drink the caffeine but those cigarettes that mom or dad smoke are so taboo that they have often hide the fact from other adults, who are also hiding the fact that they smoke. I won’t go into how the government uses this to raise money because they publicly don’t like it (yet how many light up at home?).

Little Johnny sees all of this. As kids most are not likely to be on any pills and heaven forbid they smoke. But, it makes mom and dad feel good and they want to do the same. So, what do they do? They can’t buy cigarettes, but a friend has some pot and it looks like a cigarette. Now they feel like adults because they are smoking also.

But what about those pills? It’s amazing what one can find on the street if you know the right people. Valium is one that seems to be easily obtained. There are others and the kids find them. But wait, this stuff doesn’t make me feel as good or look as cool as the adults. Now what?

A simple answer is to make their own. Now the kids have their own labs. They aren’t in some big white building but are in basements, or in the woods. These children are makig meth. Now they can feel like adults because they can visit their own lab and get their own ‘pills’.

“Hey doc, I saw this ad on TV for ____. Will this cure me?”

I don’t know about you but it seems to me that the doctor should be telling the patient what is good for them. Why do they have to advertise this junk? How many people see an ad for some drug then run to their doctor and say they saw it on TV and it sounds like what they need? It makes almost no sense. But in one way it does have meaning. The kids see these ads and this is all the proof they need to know that the pills they are stealing or buying on the streets is the right thing to do. If those don’t do the job, the local meth lab will have a solution.

Why are kids taking drugs, smoking pot, or making meth? Because the parents show them and the television validates it.

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5 Comments »

  1. Why indeed? Pharmaceuticals. Ah. Big, big money. And politics. Doesn’t matter that it’s creating a world of chemically dependent society; but, you made a FANTASTIC point, Ron Twain. That’s the only world the kids know—and, hey, they CAN create their own adult world.

    Good post. Dismal thought, but oh, so true.

    Comment by Carol — June 4, 2009 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  2. I guess I ran around with the wrong crowd. I never knew anyone who had pills for sale. Maybe I’m just too old. That said, it appears to me that physicians don’t often look for causes or cures, but instead use pills to relieve the discomfort of illness.

    Morgan Mandel
    http://www.morganmandel.com
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

    Comment by Morgan Mandel — June 5, 2009 @ 6:58 am | Reply

  3. Well said, and so true, my friend. and the problem is ubiquitous.

    The Old Silly from Free Spirit Blog

    Comment by Marvin D wilson — June 5, 2009 @ 7:14 am | Reply

  4. A very sad but true fact of life and it is nice that you addressed it. But then kids aren’t kids anymore, are they? With both parents working, kids come home from school and take on the adult responsibility of raising themselves. Some of these kids make it right at home while Mom and Dad are gone. Then when Mom and Dad find out, they will usually declare, “Not my kids. They would never do that.” So the message is simple. Pop a pill and feel better. Too bad it don’t always work, or fails to work after taken for a time.

    My parents didn’t run to the doctor and they didn’t take pills, until now with mom in the Nursing home. They have her on 6 of them. Heart medication, osteoporosis, and a multivitamin.

    Comment by Terre — June 5, 2009 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  5. Let’s see–no pills, hallucinations that make him want to kill himself. No pills–rage so strong he’s going to kill someone else. No pills–I lose my nails and hair. No pills–I can’t stay awake long enough to know what he’s doing.

    It isn’t in the pills–or even taking them. It is in the parents explaining the why, regulating the use and teaching values. It’s about parents instilling a sense of self esteem that allows the child to know he/she is worthy without having to “fit” with the crowd.

    That said…I have seen parents do smoke pot or crack, snort cocain and do other illicit drugs in front of their kids. THAT is a different matter completely where teaching kids is concerned-you give them the message that drugs are fine.

    Oh… You didn’t mention that one biggie-alcohol!

    Comment by Joyce A. Anthony — June 5, 2009 @ 11:06 am | Reply


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