Considering how many Americans are probably addicted to Oxyconton, Percocet, Talwin, etc... I don't think opium needs the quotation marks, really. Slap a brand name and a 3,000 percent markup on something and it becomes 'proper' medicine.
Yeah, the real sadness is that opium is cheaper than brand-name drugs. But that's as true in Chicago as it is in Kabul.
posted by rokusan at 1:12 PM on August 11 [+] [!]
to illustrate that as long as they're expensive and come with a brand-name label we accept them as fine, helpful medicine rather than problem drugs.
I don't particularly care that Big Pharma sells them at a high price: what I find interesting is how that seems to be part of what makes a drug into a "medicine".
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