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The ever growing problem of pharmaceutical drugs

Updated on December 18, 2011

The Least Harmful Drug Prescribed Today.

Really! This is the drug with the least obtrusive side effects.
Really! This is the drug with the least obtrusive side effects.

Side effects worse than the symptoms suffered?

Why would people take drugs that offer so many harmful and possibly life-ending side effects, when the symptoms that they suffer from are nowhere near as bad as some of the potential side effects that those pills and other pharmaceutical remedies have?

What Would You Do To Get Better?

Most people, when faced with a major diagnosis, grasp at whatever straws they are offered. If you were suffering from depression, would you knowingly take a drug that causes some people to think that suicide is an attractive alternative to their everyday lives, even if those days are filled with pain and suffering? I would surely hope not. Would you take a drug that has a long, long list of side effects, possible side effects and probable side effects? There are some drugs advertised on television where a 30-second advertisement takes up 10 seconds with the benefits that the drug offers to people suffering from some mild disorder, and then it takes 20 seconds of very fast talking to outline some of the more dangerous side effects that the drug may cause.

Would You Trade Your Life So That Your Doctor Can Have a Great Golfing Weekend?

When you are suffering from depression and take a drug, which I won't name here for fear of being sued by the huge pharmaceutical corporations (Cymbalta), has side effects that include "feelings of suicidal tendencies" and "increased thoughts of suicide", you are pretty much playing Russian Roulette with your life. Or, rather, your doctor and the pharmaceutical companies are playing Russian Roulette with your life. Doctors get kickbacks from the major pharmaceutical companies to prescribe so many of their drugs, and in doing so many give their patients a new drug that may not interact well with drugs that the patient is already taking.

Who Takes Liability?

Who would be at fault if someone in your family were to be prescribed a new drug that didn't interact well with drugs that they were already taking? What would you do if the new drugs caused your family member to die, or to end up permanently disabled due to bad side effects? Would you sue? Unless there is a major litigation taking place against the drug makers, which there usually are about 4 or 5 ongoing at any given time in the past 10 to 15 years, your chances of winning, let alone launching a lawsuit against these overly lawyer-ed up corporations is nil to none, even if you do have the few hundred thousand dollars it would take just to get the case into a courtroom setting? These are companies that just don't settle out of court unless someone has died and the cause is unmistakably the fault of the new drug.

Are There Any Drugs With No Major Side Effects?

Yes, there are drugs out there that have little to no side effects. One of them is called "marijuana". It is being prescribed for people suffering from Aids, HIV, cancer, MS, MD, fibromyalgia, ALS, severe and/or chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine headaches, etc etc etc - I would have to list over 100 disorders that the Canadian and US governments have agreed that marijuana helps to alleviate the symptoms of.

Now, don't get your panties in a bunch. Marijuana, pot, Mary-Jane, weed, whatever you reefer (pun!) to it as, it has no negative side effects. None. Nadda, Zip. Zilch. Zero. Not one single bad side effect comes from smoking or ingesting marijuana, aside from a case of the giggles, the munchies and maybe a little nap.

So, Why Are The Marijuana Laws for Patients Being Changed?

The problem with prescribing marijuana to patients is that the government and the pharmaceutical companies don't make money off of it. It is not taxed, nor is it provided to patients through a pharmacy. So, the government has decided to change the medical marijuana laws, making it so that patients can no longer legally grow their own prescriptions. Nor will patients be able to assign someone else to grow it for them (a designated grower).

The government was providing marijuana to patients, but it was a very weak strain, chopped up with all of the sun leaves and sticks (which have no medicinal benefits) and irradiated before being shipped, via normal snail mail, to the patients. Prescriptions were being "lost" in the mail system (read: being stolen by postal workers), and patients, once they tried it, were scrambling to find alternative sources. The compassion clubs that had sprung up and were providing top of the line marijuana strains to patients, with strains being matched to the symptoms that patients suffer from, were declared illegal. They were paying taxes, but the problem was that the government thought that there was something amiss. If pot was involved, and the government wasn't providing it, there must be an illegal angle to it, some bikers or mafia groups must be involved.

What Can You Do About It?

You can email, send letters and text messages to your local politicians, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health and Community Services in Canada, and the President of the United States of America. If they get enough people saying that they want marijuana to be available to all of the people that have found that it is the best drug that they have ever taken to alleviate their symptoms and provide them with a better quality of life.

Possibly, the real reason that marijuana is being taken away from patients or being made too inaccessible to them is the amount of pharmaceutical drugs that pot replaces. And, no, pot is not a gateway drug, you don't all of a sudden become a crazed maniac, and you don't all of a sudden start craving heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

Really, what's wrong with society these days?

Would you take pot if it eased your symptoms better than prescribed pills?

Would you take pot over side effect ladden prescription medications?

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for the visit, Christy! My favorite is the one for depression that causes suicidal tendencies!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I do wonder about those articles and TV ads that list side-effects that are worse than the reason for taking the drug in the first place!

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for dropping by, Geord...

      I'm all with you on the legalization of pot, as it would take the drug cartels and biker gangs, street gangs and bands of motorcycle grannies out of the business. There was an entire town (was it in Nevada?) that up until 2 years ago, almost everybody in town, including the police chief and the mayor, were in some form or another employed in the medical marijuana production business. They were all being paid very well and everyone was very happy, no crack or meth around. Then the boot soldiers (DEA) showed up and closed the town down. I guess they figured if it was working that well in one town, they didn't want the rest of the country jumping on the bandwagon.

      This must have to do with wanting to keep a certain percentage of the population "down". If everybody got on the bandwagon, who would buy the stuff, and where would the tax revenue come from? No, they want to control it all the while outlawing it. Why? Dunno...

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      geordmc 6 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      It should be because of money that it should be made legal. With 22,000 products that can be manufactured form this plant, How many people would be employed? If employed, How many more people would be added to the tax base? This one act could and, probably, would end the economic problems we now face.

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I couldn't agree more with you, GeordMC... Even with the gov't profiting off of the prescribed pot that they provide to patients (which is about as good as a weak Mexican outdoor plant) - they don't want to do it anymore (provide) and they no longer want patients to grow their own medicine (that was too easy for the patients - no hassles = no way). But, they want their share of the tax pie, so they won't make it illegal again, they are just going to make it really, really expensive to purchase prescribed pot (something that, literally, grows like a weed).

      Why can't they just let people alone who have found something that makes their lives a little more bearable? I've personally seen (and helped) elderly people (over 80! and female too!) patients try pot for the first time, and 5 minutes after trying it saying things like "so what's all the fuss about then?" and "wow, this really works!" - the only negative things that i have heard said are about the gov't and the weed they provide, the changes they are going to implement and that they might get a little paranoid.

      Then, they get back to us after a day or a week and thank us, saying that they haven't eaten like this in a long time, that they hadn't had lengthy sleeps like this for a long time, and that they haven't been pain free, or had their symptoms reduced to drastically in a long time.

      Now, the gov't wants to make sure that it will be a long time before anyone who isn't wealthy will be able to afford to keep up with the drugs that they have been prescribed, legally, by doctors and specialists.

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      geordmc 6 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      Even though this hub is about the medical use of cannabis, with which I totally agree! The cannabis plant has over 22,000 LEGAL uses, so keeping it illegal is because Big Pharma, Big Oil and so on, can't profit off it. They don't want to lose 1 cent of profit so they lobby to keep it out of our hands. By now, they should know if we want it we WILL find and use it.

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      AN - don't be shy... I know there are legal, social and work stigmas associated with the use of marijuana, whether for recreational or medicinal uses, it is always best to be careful and discreet. But, when advocating, there is no need to hide.

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      Marc Babineau 6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Actually, Red, there is a wealth of information out there - the CMA, USMA etc etc - the association of physicians of America, insurance companies, Health Canada, even both the Canadian and American armed forces medical centers advocate for and prescribe the use of marijuana for medicinal benefits. I am a federally licensed, I help with two compassionate organizations that help people, mostly end of life care patients, who stop using most of their prescribed pills once they try certain strains.

      There are many strains, Indica and Sativa are the mother strains, with hundreds and hundreds under each, and each strain has different beneficial uses - there is not one strain that doesn't have beneficial uses, and none have negative side effects, other than for long-term use associated with the smoke itself (negated by using a vaporizer or ingesting it).

      Look in WebMd, or any medical association (registered) online, they all have a wealth of beneficial uses - just make sure to avoid personal blogs, essays, etc - they are either just pro or con. There are still problems with people abusing the system, but the people who use it, many past their 80's suffering from cancer, Alzheimer's disease, ALS, etc have ALL exclaimed in wonder that "they had no idea"... i see it every month. And, that is just one small area in south-eastern Ontario.

      Sometimes it is best to look out in the open when seeking information.

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      Ann Marie Dwyer 6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Not a lot of positive information is out about the medicinal benefits and the prescribed uses for marijuana. Very informative hub!


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      A.N 6 years ago

      I choose not to reveal my name, however I've smoked marijuana for a number of years.. quite a number of years.. with absolutely no adverse side affects. I don't sit around a get blasted as some may, mostly it is for self medication for severe chronic depression and anxiety, as well as ulcer pain. It has helped me more than any prescribed drug, and I've been on plenty of antidepressants and acid reducers.

      The illegality of it is quite absurd, and you are quite right. It is only because of money that the Gov't hasn't legalized it.