Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Color Me Right

Yanno, I hate when I'm right when it's something like this.

I have this theory, see, and many of you as my friends are well aware of this theory due to my past pontifications on this subject. You know how it seems bad drivers on the road are becoming worse and more plentiful? My theory is that the rate of bad drivers out there is directly proportional to the common use of prescription drugs these days. EVERYBODY is taking some shit or other for some ailment or other (even sweaty palms! Hello!!!) Every drug produces a bevvy of unwanted side effects, but I believe the majority of them should come with a warning label that says, in bold neon spazziness: WARNING: TAKING THIS MEDICATION WILL MAKE YOU A CRAP-ASS DRIVER, AND LIKELY TO ANNOY, INFURIATE, POSSIBLY INJURE OR EVEN KILL INNOCENT DRIVERS AROUND YOU. PLEASE HIDE YOUR CAR KEYS FROM YOURSELF BEFORE OPENING THE LID TO THIS MEDICATION.

Turns out I am right, right, right, according to this article from msnbc. You've heard of sleepwalking? That's old news. Nowadays, it's all about sleepDRIVING for Ambien users. What the hell is wrong with people?

1 comment:

JA said...

Hi Valley Girl,

I heard about this story ... Your theory is quite interesting.
Although, even if the rate of bad drivers increased proportionaly
to the common use of drugs prescriptions, we should be more informed of
what exactly happened.
First of all Specialist Dr. Brooke Judd said "These newer sleep medications
have a rapid onset so people can GET TO SLEEP QUICKLY (not before driving).
You shouldn't take them until you are REALLY READY to go to bed."
Secondly, "it appears that in these situations, the patients haven’t slept
all of the drug out of their system and some had also taken Ambien along WITH
OTHERS antidepressants" (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11726645/).
And concerning the third case, there were about 26.5 million prescriptions
filled last year in the United States for insomniacs and these cases referred to
only six cases.
Laura Liddicoat, supervisor of the toxicology section of the Wisconsin State
Laboratory of Hygiene in Madison, said that the pattern involved taking the drug
and not going to bed, or taking more than the RECOMMENDED dose.
(http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/SleepDisorders/tb/2826).
So, ... Who should we blame? Medication or patients responsibility?