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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 2 2011 12:18 a.m. MDT

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

This is a sad reflection upon our modern society in which people rare taught that there is a magic pill or tonic that will solve any problem. In fact, they are told by so-called therapists that they cannot solve problems without taking ever more powerful medications.

The solution to this problem is simple: people need to realize that life included difficulties, pain, and illness. Those who think otherwise expect that life should be problem free, and if it is not, the problems can be eliminated through medication. This way of thinking leads to greater and greater levels of addiction that eventually result in death.

If therapists and doctors really cared about their patients, they would tell them to toughen up and deal with it, rather than seeking escape in a drug induced fog. Hard work, stamina, and endurance are the answers. Unlike drugs, these noble attributes never killed anyone.

als Atheist
Provo, UT

John Charity Spring,

"This is a sad reflection upon our modern society in which people rare taught that there is a magic pill or tonic that will solve any problem. In fact, they are told by so-called therapists that they cannot solve problems without taking ever more powerful medications."

So what is it about Utahns (who are largely Mormons) that they are being taught these things you bring up?

ipr
Spanish Fork, UT

als Atheist: Maybe it is the fact that Mormons still trust their doctors. When I had cancer (in KS, by the way, not UT), my doctor gave me a prescription for 60 pills of Ativan, to be renewed 3 times. Fortunately I don't consider doctors all-knowing and so I researched each new prescription. Ativan, I found out, was highly addictive, more than alcohol. When I mentioned this to the doctor, she smiled and told me that it was okay to use it, and that they would deal with the addiction when the cancer treatment was over. I preferred to do without the addiction and rarely used the medication. Please don't attack Mormons for anything negative that happens in the state. I think it is a sad reflection upon our modern society that people are so incredibly mean and uncaring towards others.

AmPatriot
Taylorsville, UT

This really does verify and vilify how dangerously intoxicated on drugs are driving rampantly our streets. I wonder how many drunk drivers theses addicts have killed and gotten away with it?

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ ipr, prescription drug abuse is only one sign that Utahns are a troubled people, more so than most of the rest of the country. The fact that the majority are LDS raises some interesting questions. I would like to see someone address those questions and honestly deal with the answers. It might help us understand ourselves better. We don't need excuses, rationalizations, moralizing and preaching.

From Ted's Head
Orem, UT

Wow...the normal admonitions arise on this comment board about drug abuse, but did you even bother to read page 2 of the article? Where it points out that 92% of these people had chronic pain? Around 3/4 of them were taking other meds? About 2/3 were unemployed? Connect the dots...these are not recreational drug users. These are people in pain who likely made a bad choice and paid the ultimate price.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

This "problem" is from so many following the "letter" of the law found in the D&C Word of Wisdom, while forsaking the actual "Spirit" of the law.

I know many good Latter-Day Saints
[members of my own family I'll admit]
Who will never even touch a Diet Coke,
but will pop toxic and deadly medications because they have been taught to believe --
"Since its from a Doctor, it's not against the Word of Wisdom".

Note: Beer drinkers and Pot smokers aren't dead.

And those evil cigarettes cause a pre-mature death --
but Doctor's pills will kill you instantly.

Which one is REALLY worse?

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Bad sign....

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