Monday, February 05, 2018

opioids (for pain) and benzodiazepines (for anxiety)

Neil and Caroline, who put us up over the weekend, having started their careers as pharmacists I mentioned on Saturday evening that it had emerged that Tom Petty (like Prince before him) had died of a Fentanyl overdose. This led me to recommending the book Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic to them, and to realising - when I attempted to say Oxycontin and Fentanyl - that I still read and recognise new words in my head as patterns of letters rather than sounds, so that I trip up the first time I try to utter them aloud.

Ben piped up with a reference to counterfeit Xanax bars pressed by gangs; something else to worry about.

Vice - How Xanax Became the British Teenager's Drug of Choice.
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