Ever since I saw the 2003 Movie Idiocracy, I knew this day was coming.
Thanks to a new move by the FDA to allow the public to diagnose themselves with conditions and purchase the appropriate pharmaceuticals from a vending machine, it may become a reality.
By simply visiting a ‘drug kiosk’ in a mall or drug store, you may soon be able to buy drugs that treat health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, and migraines.
Furthermore, it would be as simple as answering an online questionnaire at this kiosk to obtain drugs that currently require prescriptions.
In addition, the vending machine could massively increase pharmaceutical drug use, which kills more individuals per year than traffic fatalities. Pharmaceutical painkillers in specific are responsible for more deaths than heroin and coc aine combined.
In an iHealthBeat Special Report by Kelly Wilkinson, experts discussed the potential use of technology to help expand the number of medications available without a prescription. The Special Report includes comments from:
Marcie Bough, director of Federal Regulatory Affairs at the American Pharmacists Association; Charles Daniels, professor of clinical pharmacy and pharmacist-in-chief at the University of California-San Diego;
Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, general internist and chair-elect of the American Medical Association's council on science and public health (Wilkinson, iHealthBeat, 4/18).
Read more: www.ihealthbeat.org... nUdN
Americans consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers -- more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year -- as the country's prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes. That's enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent in ten year, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to hand out drugs to patients who are suffering. As more people get their hands on these potentially-dangerous drugs, more are taking them to get high. Their drug abuse leads to 14,800 deaths a year -- more than from heroin and coc aine combined. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk... orTJZ
Americans consume EIGHTY percent of the world's pain pills as prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes.
Originally posted by RealSpoke
Any drug that someone can get someone high on is generally a scheduled II drug. This means that the prescription has to be written for the patient every time, even to get a refill. No one is going to be able to get Oxycontin or Adderall out of a vending machine because it would go against the federal prescription laws on schedule II drugs.
Your post contains dis-info
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The dispensers are being sold as a necessary convenience because they will only shell out pills for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma, and migraines...but how long will it be before they up the ante and even more powerful drugs are available?
Originally posted by RealSpoke
reply to post by jude11
They won't be. They are scheduled like that for a reason. If you allow easily accessible drugs it would destroy the "war on drugs" which the government has no interest in stopping.
It's comparable to saying "Well I can buy tylenol at Walmart, heroin is going to be next!". It makes no sense.edit on 11-5-2012 by RealSpoke because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by fixer1967
Well I guess this is one way to win the war on drugs. And next to the pill machine will be a alcohol machine so you can get something to wash the pills down with.