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Posted: 12/18/2003 7:54:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:02:34 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2003 8:03:42 PM EDT by FLAL1A]
The problem is the regulation of drugs. If all drugs were legal, I still wouldn't smoke crack because I've seen what it does to people. I wouldn't take blood pressure medicine without advice from a doctor or pharmacist, because I personally have no idea what the stuff would do to me. None of that justifies a legal regime that says I have to have a note from a designated expert to buy whatever it'd take to make my back stop hurting. I would talk to my doctor, or my good friend the nurse practitioner, and buy ONLY whatever they said was goood for "A sentient rat with opposable thumbs is stabbing me in the sacroiliac with a hot icepick, and biting chunks outta my ass whenever I pass out from exhaustion." The best question I've seen posted on this issue: "They had to have a Constitutional amendment to permit the feds to regulate booze. How the hell are they regulating everything else?"
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:09:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/18/2003 8:10:41 PM EDT by raven]
You can order some pretty heavy psychedelic drugs over the internet, but they're not classified or advertised as such (because doing so would be the kiss of death for their business). Instead they call them "research compounds not intended for human consumption". All plausible deniability, legal CYA stuff. I order some prescription drugs over the internet that aren't psychoactive, those drugs just keep my hair from falling out. Otherwise I could choose between losing my hair, or spending $100 for a doctor to give me permission (and who would no doubt find something else wrong with my health and ask me for bone-marrow tests or whatever) plus the inflated cost of the pills. I'd just rather do it my way over the internet and take responsibility for myself.
Link Posted: 12/18/2003 8:20:19 PM EDT
It not so much that the people of these other nations cannot afford the drugs, it's really a matter of the drug companies giving in to their demands for low drug prices. The drug companies do it to maintain market share in those countries. And no one is twisting their arm. In the process, we're getting screwed, paying far more than we should. We are subsidizing Canada, France, Germany, UK, etc. I have no qualms with Americans ordering drugs from Canada.
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