The blame game
- By: Neil Chanchlani
Our drawer has it all at the moment—codeine for my dad’s back pain, spare insulin for my diabetes, diazepam for when my mum’s nerves play up, and even leftover fluoxetine (Prozac) from when my sister had a tragic loss. All prescriptive and all within a finger’s reach.
The past decade has seen a definite rise in not only dispensing prescription drugs but also misusing them. The National Health Service managed to spend £1.3bn (€1.5bn; $2.1bn) on prescriptions alone last year. From students who take nootropic memory enhancers to get good grades, to high flying business executives who take modafinil to rid themselves of jetlag, who is to blame for this growing trend? Have general practitioners and physicians underthought, overprescribed, and simply signed on the dotted line whenever asked?
Some say that doctors are intentionally overprescribing to rid themselves of patients from their consultation room. Other theories are that it is