Monday, May 5, 2008

Marijuana vs. Oxycontin


I am not a legalize drug person at all, let me make myself clear. But I do wonder why people can take Oxycontin which has been proven to be more addicting than the drug company reported, ya know like HEROIN! The drug company got their hands slapped in the form of millions of dollars in fines, but the drug is still accessible. Like we don't read the obituaries filled with deaths by overdose thanks to prescription drugs. Utah is a hot bed of prescription drug abuse. Oxycontin and other painkillers are as addicting as NARCOTICS and doctors pass them out like candy at Halloween. Oxycontin is the same high as heroin so it isn't a difficult leap to the cheaper street form. Everyone knows someone addicted to painkillers and yet smoking pot to reduce pain for patients is illegal? Am I missing something here? Can we not make pot in a pill form or at least look at possibility of it? It seems to me the only thing it would do is make the patient have a great attitude and maybe get fat from the munchies. Pot vs. Oxycontin, seems like a no-brainer to me.

24 comments:

namaste said...

LOL! okay wait! you HAVE to say something about this pic you used! or is its sole purpose to piss off a lot of thin-skinned ppl who are just laying in wait for the next thing they can point to and call racist? haaaaa! WTH! come on nik, dish on the pic!

;)

~m

Nikki said...

It is the only marijauna pic I could find...maybe I better change it...be right back :)N

Nikki said...

there that is better...hehehe :)N

Nikki said...

you know if it was as easy as getting pot through the drive through...this graphic works better. LOL I can't stop laughing, hahahahaha :)N

namaste said...

bwahahahahh! good girl! you KNOW i love you!!

;)

~m

paulinyork said...

If someone is lying there, terminally ill, pain or no pain, give them a truck load of marijuana, if that's what they want.
I've never tried the stuff but if it's the only thing which relieves my pain, should I get some, why not?

Sandi said...

Oxycontin is made by drug companies. And they can charge big bucks for their drugs. And they get approved by the FDA. Pot you can grow in your back yard and the big drug companies can't make obscene profits from it so it will never be legal. I also don't agree with legalizing drugs, but having worked in a children's hospital I watched those kids suffer - knowing a little pot would make a big difference. There's no logic.

Nikki said...

Paul, I agree, I don't see the difference if they smoke pot or take heroin in the form of a pill...thanks for the comment. :)N

Sandi,You make a great point. I am wondering why these companies can't make a pill out of the compounds of pot. Then they could market it and make some money. I don't understand these highly addictive narcotics being preferred. :)N

CHATTI PATTI said...

My mother is in excruciating pain from advanced Multiple Sclerosis. When she was hospitalized recently, she was given morphine. Not even that helped. As a family, we are searching high and low for any medication that can ease her pain. She is only 65 years old. We talked about the medical marijuana and for some reason, it felt illegal just talking about it. My parents are "old school." Powerful narcotics are manufactured for severe pain, but usually end up being sold on the street for a quick high. It's disgusting. For those in need, doctors are hesitatnt to prescribe....for the drug addict junky, they write a prescription in a heartbeat. I don't understand this.

GrEaT sAtAn'S gIrLfRiEnD said...

Pills or weed? which one of these is not like the other? One is built in a lab and one grows naturally.

Not to be taken as an advocate of either - just saying

Marci said...

you know you have stepped into my territory here! To get a real good understanding of the ins and outs of the FDA I recomend the book "Death by Prescription" by Ray D. Strand. I was shocked and dismayed to learn why it is what it is. The reason they don't legalize pot is because big pharma can't patent mother nature. There I think I said it without getting onto my soap box.

DB said...

Wow, I am surprised at all the ultra-liberal "pot is ok" remarks lol! I especially like Paul's comment:

If someone is lying there, terminally ill, pain or no pain, give them a truck load of marijuana, if that's what they want.

And that is why I am all for euthanasia ;-) I am still a hardliner against pot though! Ya, doesn't make sense.

Nikki said...

Patti, thanks for sharing. I hope your Mother finds some relief, it is very painful to watch someone you love suffer...:)N

Satans Girlfriend...agreed not much of a difference. :)N


Marci, points well taken. I do think some pharm company could do some good by trying to herbalize a pill for some relief for the folks. seems logical. thanks for the info. :)N

DB, imagine you coming down NOT on the side of legalized marijuana. I am not sure what to think. Now about the youth in asia... :)N

DB said...

Lol. I don't play the drugs argument for a bit...I am not as liberal as it seems on many issues. But take it from me, the youth in Asia are often pretty bratty.

Mike said...

Sandi and Marci got it exactly right. The only reason that pot is illegal is because Big Pharma needs to make money off their drugs. Pot is no more harmful than alcohol. It should be legal for anyone of legal drinking age, and not just for medical use.

Of course, if it was legal a lot of farmers would switch to growing that and we'd have a real food shortage. :)

Nikki said...

Mike, a bunch of pot smoking farmers, I think we would all get along better huh? Just have a mass buning of a marijuana field and poof the world is a mellower place! :)N

Karen said...

I'm totally in favor of legalized marijuana for medical purposes. My Republican womens group has come out advocating for it to the state legislature, too.

Freadom said...

Hey, you invent that pill you will have no more need to blog here; you'd be rich.

Nikki said...

Karen, it is starting to make omore and more sense to me...and good for you for getting involved! :)N

Rick, I suppose I could distribute it the old fashioned way and get rich...JK :)N

Khaki Elephant said...

The biggest problem I see with with legalized marijuana is that most drug counselors (and I know a few) believe that it is a gateway drug and I trust their expertise. Whether it is the chemical or cultural nature of the drug is up for debate, but there is a strong correlation between the use of marijuana as a gateway to stronger, more dangerous drugs. Alchohol does not have the same statistical connection . . .luckily for me.

DB said...

I agree Khaki. I trust the professionals when it comes to things I do not know about. Why should I trust the word of a random Joe off the street against a drug abuse counselor? I am totally against the legalization of pot, for medical use or otherwise.

Nikki said...

DB and Khaki, hi guys. The gateway argument doesn't stand here because we are talking about medicinal purposes. A person who takes oxycontin is essentially taking heroin, a far more addictive drug than pot. So you are essentially saying stick with heroin so you don't introduce yourself to alcohol, meth and cocaine, it doesn't make sense. So the risk is much greater starting a patient on a narcotic than plain weed. It is next to impossible to get an addict off oxycontin. This is why addiction is a disease. Some physiological make-ups create addicts while some do not. Marijuana is less physiologically addicting while heroin and oxy are extremely addicting. just fyi. :)N

DB said...

A person who takes oxycontin is essentially taking heroin, a far more addictive drug than pot.

Ok, fight against Oxycontin then if that is where your issue is. Two wrongs don't make it right. Perhaps your argument should be that the drug companies should develop something that is just as effective, but less addictive. I just don't buy into the whole propaganda thing that "marijuana is the only thing that will make me feel better."

One problem I have with medicinal marijuana is how difficult it is to control, hence leading to the whole gateway thing and worse, the violence that is associated with the drug. The same can be said about prescription pills, but we should attack the problem rather than just give in to it.

Man, and you guys call me out for not taking steps to protect kids...LOL

Nikki said...

DB...my point is that the painkillers that are out there are a problem. Can you not see the irony here? It's like saying here is some vodka in a vending machine but drinking a coke is against the law...I am not saying go smoke a joint, I am saying do some research and let's get people off of these prescription drugs. I am not advocating hash brownies to all the cancer patients, but perhaps a medicinally formulated hemp pill is what the doctor ordered...:)N