When we think of our ideal image of a drug pusher, drug gangster or drug dealer, what comes to mind? Do you picture a middle-aged Colombian wearing tight-fitted shirts and a neck full of gold medallions? Or do you picture a young, white high schooler with way more money than he should have? Or maybe you picture a young, black inner-city thug with a mouth full of gold teeth standing on a street corner.
These are all stereotypical images, produced by society, that represent someone who pushes illicit drugs on the user to keep the money flowing. Drug pushers have evolved with time and technology using texts, emails and social media to make life easy for them. And this is no exception for one of societies hardest drug pushers, your local commercial pharmacy. I have learned this lately as I have had to use my local commercial pharmacy as I detoxed off of heroin, methadone and fentanyl. I was prescribed a combination of gabapentin, anxiety meds and Valium. I successfully used these three prescriptions to endure a grueling opioid detox, but I soon found out that my local commercial pharmacy had other agendas in mind.
I noticed that I started receiving “reminder texts” that told me my prescriptions(drugs) should be about empty and that it was time to refill them. As more time elapsed without me refilling my medication the texts became more often and soon the texts were up to three to four times a week. I know what some of you may be thinking. Maybe, just maybe, my local commercial pharmacy was just being considerate and reminding me that my prescription was up for renewal. But as a twenty year street junkie, the method my pharmacy used as my reminder became very familiar to me. Reminding me once or maybe even twice that my prescription was up for renewal is one thing. But the continual texts to my cell phone reminding me that my Valium prescription was ready to be refilled seemed to be a little much and it showed me that the local commercial pharmacy had an agenda. And that agenda was to trigger me into refilling a prescription that I really did not need.
Once again, I do realize that the occasional reminder text to a 75-year-old customer may be in order. But, in my opinion, the daily reminder text to young person to refill a highly addictive narcotic is not the healthiest or honest way to handle a recovering opioid attic and there addictive prescriptions. Had I not had the proper support group and system in place that II did have at that time, those daily texts to refill my addictive prescriptions could have easily triggered a deadly relapse. This is why I am writing this blog today to inform you and remind you that as you are purchasing your initial prescription it will ask you if you want to be notified by phone when your prescription is ready. What you may not know is by checking this box you will now be susceptible to daily daily reminder texts at the end of your prescription. We have all seen the scary numbers on prescription deaths and overdoses. Most of us know the danger involved with certain medications and we need to be aware that there could possibly be and alternative agenda to these daily reminder texts telling you that it’s time to refill your prescription. With the pandemic of the year 2020 things have been rough on everybody, even pharmacies. I would hate to think that a pharmacy would have an alternative agenda with these daily reminder texts, but you never know. Also, if you or somebody you love has an addiction to prescription medication please contact The Addictions Coach at Sober on Demand or by calling them at 1-800-706-0318.