[FoRK] Welcome to the American Totality. You've been warned.

Stephen D. Williams <sdw at lig.net> on Wed Feb 6 11:10:18 PST 2008

Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> ...
> Or a good model for selling legalized drugs of all kinds.  Things that 
> are legal with no consistent redeeming value.
> I suppose you could argue that that's not true in the general case: 
> Zoloft for instance could probably be over the counter.  I think I 
> read recently that Extasy is being used by psychiatrists, meaning 
> there is a case for it to be OTC.
> One big part of the nanny state is the assumption that only in very 
> restrictive, and somewhat random cases are you intelligent enough to 
> self medicate.  Various OTC cold medicines totally space me out, but 
> none of the prescriptions I have taken do.  Not even high-end 
> painkillers space me out in any significant way.  The logic behind the 
> rules and categories seems tortured.
Is this the counterexample?
""Mr. Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the 
combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, 
alprazolam, and doxylamine," the office said in a short statement."

I don't think so.  Any idiot should know not to combine 6 narcotics.  
And if you do, you'd better have a Holter monitor tied to a siren and a 
remote alarm to warn of vitals falling too low.
> sdw


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