Thursday, April 28, 2011

X is for Xanax

X is for Xanax
You have no idea how much of this stuff I give out during a typical twelve hour shift. I try to teach people coping skills and relaxation techniques, but in the end it is always the same.
“Give me my Xanax.”
I have often wanted to do a study to see just how many of us are on the stuff. It wouldn’t surprise me if half of the population were taking it. (Or its sisters: Ativan, Klonopin, and Valium.)
What is the draw?
I know that for some people anxiety is debilitating, and medication is needed to help them function in life. I am not talking about them.
It kind of reminds me of the use of Soma in A BRAVE NEW WORLD.
Instead of dealing with life, people want to ignore it, going on a “Soma Holiday”
Have you read A BRAVE NEW WORLD?
It is particularly chilling of late.