I was at the pharmacy today, refilling my stress meds, and had to wait cause a guy was ahead of me. He was a chatty fellow, talking the ear off of the pharmacist, seemed like a level headed, regular guy. Its a neighborhood pharmacy, so it’s small and easy to overhear the conversations.
When the genltemans meds were ready, the price came to $200 something. This shocked the gentleman, and loudly stated how the price of methadone has risen. I’m not sure how much of a supply this was, but I had no idea that methadone was so expensive. I’ve never had a reason to think about methadone or its cost, but still is shocking.
Like I said earlier, my knowledge of methadone is probably no more or less than the average person knows, that doesn’t use it. What we’ve learned from a tv and a Kid Rock song, that methadone is generally a drug that is used to help get off more addictive and dangerous drugs. Like morphine, which this gentleman enquired about, mainly cost.
The guy didn’t have enough money to pay for his script, so he had to bargain for the amount he could get, for the money he had on hand. This guy didn’t look like a stereotypical junkie. He was clean cut and not skinny. But obvioulsy he did need the drug, for what reasons I don’t know. So continued to complain about price and also ask a couple of more serious queestions abput morphine. After all his ranting and bartering was over, as he walked out the door, he declared how much cheaper and easier it is to get morphine, than his current script of methadone. And that is why I wanted to post this rant.
This is an American citizen, doing the right thing, by using methodone. Again, for what reasons I don’t know, and if it is voluntary or court ordered, also is a variable that I don’t have the facts for. But, his last declaration of convenience and affordability of a much worse and harmful drug is what blew my mind. This is only a small part of what is wrong with our counrty, as great as it is, but it has its flaws that could easily be fixed. This dude may have to either substitute a more dangerous and affordable drug, or maybe a illegal acts to obtain enough money for his current prescribed narcotic. It probably won’t reach that path, but both of those options are most certainly a easier path than his current. And I’m sure this is not an isolated incident, the pharmacist said that he sees this scenario so often. Its saddening, and an eye opener to me.
The gentleman ahead of me, seemed to have a reasonable personality, where he would way the pros and cons of the 2 alternatives that I suggested earlier, and I feel confident will find a legal way to continue his methadone treatments. But this is one guy, in one pharmacy, that I had the priviledge of seeing. How many others are in this situation, that don’t have the moral compass that I assume this guy has? How many other people go to the illegal alternatives of ill gotten narcotics or ciminal acts to either get a cheaper drug, or afford his current expensive drug?
I’m not saying that I’m going to start a charity or donate my time to help out this problem. I would donate money to a charity that helps this cause, but I am part of the problem I suppose. But only part of it, a small part. How can America ignore the small, fixable problems that turn into huge issues if gone untreated? It may be ignorance, like what I had before I witnessed it, but I doubt it. Maybe it doesn’t seem to benefit anyone, other than the immediate methadone user, to help this situation? Who knows? All I’m sure of is, that this happens everyday, every hour, every pharmacy and in every city. Which if you think about it, is a huge ignored problem that America and societ has chose to ignore.
￼The juggernaut of the MMA world that is UFC, Dana White and the Fortitta brothers, have done it again. They’ve eliminated or acquired another of their rival promotions, StrikeForce. This buy out is the third MMA promotion that the UFC brand has enveloped. For those not familiar with the history, I’ll give a brief rundown.
Pride, a promo from Japan, was the first and biggest rival of UFC in MMA, to fall to Dana White and Zuffa LLC. A lot of UFC fans are not true MMA fans, so a lot of people don’t know about Pride. Those that are true MMA fans were split 50/50 by the merger. One half was excited by the fact that we would finally get to see which promo had the better fighters, because the Pride fighters were assimilated into the UFC roster. The other half was upset that the Pride Grad Prix tournament and Pride itself were no longer. Pride is very different than the UFC. Its more of a no holds barred style and in a more traditional boxing ring, not a caged octagon. Both of these indifferences made it a bit hard for the Pride fighters to adjust to the UFC, but some adjusted quite well. Notable Pride fighters currently in the UFC are, Anderson Silva, current 185 lb champ, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, former Light Heavy champ, Maurice “Shogun” Rua, former Light Heavy Champ, and Mirko “Crocop” are to name only a few. Some of the elite fighters from Pride chose not to renew the contract with UFC and went elsewhere. Some went to WEC, World Extreme Championship, which was the 2nd promotion to crumble to the bug bucks of the Zuffa LLC.
￼WEC was quickly gaining strength in the MMA world. They had something that the UFC didn’t, 134 and 145 lb weight class. The UFC previously didn’t go under the 155 division. Any real MMA fan knows that the UFC has arguably the best Heavy Weights in the business, so WEC couldn’t compete with that class. It’s the lighter divisions that were quickly winning fans over to WEC. The 135 and 145’ers are the most exciting match ups in WEC. It spawned Uriah Faber and Jose Aldo to name only a few. These fights were fast and furious. More strikes than any other division, with plenty of knock out power. These guys didn’t gas either. Don’t get me wrong, the other divisions had stellar athletes, I don’t want to take anything away from them, it’s just that the 135 and 145 lb’ers were sort of new and exciting. Now that WEC roster merged into the UFC roster, the UFC has it all and was an easy transition. The rules of the the WEC and UFC were very similar. You earn a title fight, by simply climbing the ranks, no tournament, unlike Pride and Strikeforce. Strikeforce was the 3rd to fall prey to the ever growing MMA promotions eater that is the UFC.
￼Strikeforce is were a few of the elite MMAers from Pride called home. This promotion wasn’t nearly as much a threat as the WEC and Pride promotions. Strikeforce does have a tournament, again similar to Pride, and also some of my favorite heavy weights contenders are here. This was keeping my interest in MMA peeked. The tournament is a single elimination tournament, winner becomes the champion. Its still underway, about mid way thru, but has been postponed due to injuries to a couple of the relevant participants. My pick, Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko, has already been eliminated. Regardless of my fave being out of the running, it’s still exciting to watch. And again, Strikeforce is keeping my interest in MMA valid, but the recent acquisition by UFC may change or eliminate the last of the big MMA promotions. The word on the street is that it will continue as a separate entity for at least 2 more years, so I guess I have at least that long to enjoy MMA.
Realistically, I will continue to watch the UFC, and I do understand what Dana White and the Fertita brothers have done for the sport. It’s now one of the fasting growing sports today. Even ESPN is covering it these days. I think that may be one of the reasons that I’m growing tired of the UFC, too many bandwagon jumpers and Johnny Come Lately’s. I heard a guy the other day say “I’m going to start training UFC”, Come on dude, really? Train UFC, idiot. I’m not going to stop watching UFC, or any other fighting promotion anytime soon, I just wanted to voice my opinion. There is still one promotion that hasn’t been touched by the sticky fingers of the UFC. It’s sort of the minor leagues for MMA, Bellator. It’s much smaller than any of the previous mentioned and has few superstars, but all great athletes. Probably only a matter of time before it gets consumed by the Major League of MMA. Oh well, I guess I could start watching womens college softball, I’m sure Dana White has no interest in tainting that. ￼
This is a farewell post. I’m saying goodbye to one of my best friends. That friend was always there when I needed to make the thoughts in my head a reality, made me laugh, shared news stories that I cared about, and always entertaining. Yup, I’m talking about my twitter account. Sniffles. I deactivated it yesterday because it was taking up too much space in my head. So farewell my loyal friend. We had some great times, and made a friend or two, but we must go our separate ways.
I do miss the entertainment value of twitter, and the laughs as well. There are some funny common people in the world, and I followed 170 of them. Just strangers with a common interest, random funny thoughts to share. Some made comical situations of their real life issues, so it didn’t matter that they were complaining, as long is it was funny. The thing about twitter is that you are able to choose who you follow, and in that way only read what you want to read. It’s a great way to keep yourself entertained with things of your interest. It’s kind of self centered if you think about it. Only reading and posting things that interest you, and not getting involved in the posts that you could care less about.
Like I said, Twitter was a great form on entertainment, and I never realized how much I relied on it to pass time. I texted a friend, one that I made on twitter, that I now have nothing to do while sitting on the potty. I now have to resort to reading shampoo bottles again like it was 2008. Now all these random funny thoughts I have in my head will just vanish as quick as they materialized, and will no longer live forever on the internet. I will know longer have the ability to discover new people with the same sense of humor. No more will I no what my followers approve of or ignored by getting those satisfying stars or retweets. No matter, it’s for the best.
I would wake up and immediately grab my phone to see what my favorite tweeters would post while I was asleep. Now I no longer have option, which is a good thing. I will now focus on real life and what is happening around my immediate vicinity. I will now be able to give a movie, my 1st true love, 100% attention and not worry about missing out on a mention.
So farewell good friend, we did have some great times together, but you are a enabler that I can do without.
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