This is a sad reflection upon our modern society in which people rare taught
that there is a magic pill or tonic that will solve any problem. In fact, they
are told by so-called therapists that they cannot solve problems without taking
ever more powerful medications.The solution to this problem is
simple: people need to realize that life included difficulties, pain, and
illness. Those who think otherwise expect that life should be problem free, and
if it is not, the problems can be eliminated through medication. This way of
thinking leads to greater and greater levels of addiction that eventually result
in death.If therapists and doctors really cared about their
patients, they would tell them to toughen up and deal with it, rather than
seeking escape in a drug induced fog. Hard work, stamina, and endurance are the
answers. Unlike drugs, these noble attributes never killed anyone.
John Charity Spring,"This is a sad reflection upon our modern
society in which people rare taught that there is a magic pill or tonic that
will solve any problem. In fact, they are told by so-called therapists that they
cannot solve problems without taking ever more powerful medications."So what is it about Utahns (who are largely Mormons) that they are being
taught these things you bring up?
als Atheist: Maybe it is the fact that Mormons still trust their doctors. When
I had cancer (in KS, by the way, not UT), my doctor gave me a prescription for
60 pills of Ativan, to be renewed 3 times. Fortunately I don't consider doctors
all-knowing and so I researched each new prescription. Ativan, I found out, was
highly addictive, more than alcohol. When I mentioned this to the doctor, she
smiled and told me that it was okay to use it, and that they would deal with the
addiction when the cancer treatment was over. I preferred to do without the
addiction and rarely used the medication. Please don't attack Mormons for
anything negative that happens in the state. I think it is a sad reflection
upon our modern society that people are so incredibly mean and uncaring towards
This really does verify and vilify how dangerously intoxicated on drugs are
driving rampantly our streets. I wonder how many drunk drivers theses addicts
have killed and gotten away with it?
@ ipr, prescription drug abuse is only one sign that Utahns are a troubled
people, more so than most of the rest of the country. The fact that the
majority are LDS raises some interesting questions. I would like to see someone
address those questions and honestly deal with the answers. It might help us
understand ourselves better. We don't need excuses, rationalizations,
moralizing and preaching.
Wow...the normal admonitions arise on this comment board about drug abuse, but
did you even bother to read page 2 of the article? Where it points out that 92%
of these people had chronic pain? Around 3/4 of them were taking other meds?
About 2/3 were unemployed? Connect the dots...these are not recreational drug
users. These are people in pain who likely made a bad choice and paid the
This "problem" is from so many following the "letter" of the
law found in the D&C Word of Wisdom, while forsaking the actual
"Spirit" of the law.I know many good Latter-Day Saints [members of my own family I'll admit] Who will never even touch a Diet
Coke, but will pop toxic and deadly medications because they have been
taught to believe -- "Since its from a Doctor, it's not against the
Word of Wisdom".Note: Beer drinkers and Pot smokers aren't
dead.And those evil cigarettes cause a pre-mature death -- but
Doctor's pills will kill you instantly.Which one is REALLY worse?