Drug Free For 15 Years

As I was going out to buy some fruits and vegetables the keeper of the place I’m renting a room at asked me if a little bag of medicine she found was mine. I replied “It’s not mine.” and as I did it occurred to me that I hadn’t taken any medicine since the turn of the century so I added “I haven’t taken any medicine in over 15 years.”. She seemed quite surprised and as I continued my backwards dash towards the exit although she didn’t say anything her eyes did get bigger and her face said “What! You haven’t taken ANY medicine in 15 years!”.

As I walked down the street and towards the market I thought about how rampant drug abuse is, legal and illegal, prescription and non-prescription so I felt I should remind everyone that having to take a drug, any drug, is not normal and shouldn’t be seen as justified until you’ve taken a serious look at your situation/symptoms and whether or not all that’s needed to get off the sleeping pills, pain killers, anti-depressants, and cholesterol, high blood pressure, and/or blood sugar lowering drugs or whatever else you’re on or are considering going on is simply some mental calm, consistent exercise, fresh produce, and quality sleep.

JAMA article/audio on prescription drug use in the U.S.