Every Doctor Has His Price

It seems that rich people can pretty much get any amount of any prescription drug.

It’s coming out that Michael Jackson was taking as many as 30-40 Xanax a night, and regularly took at least 10. I’m not a scientist, but I’m pretty sure that’s too much.

I actually have a prescription for Xanax. I have never actually taken one. The placebo effect of being able to take one if needed seems to be enough to help me. I resist taking it because I know it’s highly addictive, and because I don’t want to drool on people.

I think it’s great that we have medicines available for anxiety, pain relief, etc. Imagine life before these medications were available!

However, doctors hand these suckers out like candy. I’ve gotten Xanax from two different doctors (no, not at the same time!!!). In both cases the discussion went like this “I get anxious sometimes.” “Ok, here’s a prescription for Xanax. Let me know if this dose is high enough.”

I even have the generic which only costs $4. With prices like that, I could afford to be an addict!

No doctor would give me a month’s supply of Xanax PER DAY. That’s what Michael Jackson was taking. Granted, he was doctor shopping and buying pills illegally, but he also had a physician LIVING WITH HIM who had to know what was going on. And how was Jackson getting his hand on anesthesia?! Normal DOCTORS aren’t even allowed to mess with that stuff (only anesthesiologists!).

It was reported that Jackson was paying his live-in doctor $150,000 a month.

For that much money, I’m pretty sure the doctor wasn’t being objective in his treatments.

  2 comments for “Every Doctor Has His Price

  1. July 10, 2009 at 10:15 am

    I have anxiety disorder so I *have* to keep Xanax on hand in case of a panic attack. Even then, I have to be really desperate before I’ll take one and mine are 0.5mg extended release — which make me barely functional. My Houston doctor hated the drug and made me see a psychiatrist for the prescription! I can’t even imagine anybody being able to walk after taking 2mg let alone more!!!

  2. Keith
    July 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Studying the history of modern medicine and big pharma is very enlightening. I am not so paranoid as to say that it is all just a big conspiracy. I would say that groupthink is dangerous, and the old saying, “To the man who has a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail,” comes into play here.

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