I, the author of an anonymous blog, am certainly not one to preach about responsible and irresponsible writing, but, hey, I'm not calling this journalism.
The article pushes to the side the fact that these things are addictive, dangerous to stop, and for the writer of the piece to toss away the idea of therapy, to toss away the idea THAT YOU SHOULD GO TO A DAMN DOCTOR instead of experimenting with random pills from your dying mother's bedside collection is seriously screwed up. Maybe she wants to meet some patients going through rehab for benzo addiction.
In my social circle, benzodiazepines are traded with generosity and goodwill. My first Klonopin was given to me three years ago by a friend ... (Such casual bigheartedness is perhaps abetted by how cheap alprazolam can be. “How’s this for something nutty,” the same friend wrote to me in an e-mail. “Just refilled alprazolam. It was $2.56 for 30 tabs. Less than pretty much anything in the drugstore except maybe gum or Blistex.”)
Was this article paid for by the drug industry??? Also, who thinks it makes any sense to give out drug prices? Is that an insurance co-pay, or the price from her dealer in a back alley?