Posted by Jane D on August 21, 2001, at 16:27:19
In reply to Re: Where to buy foreign antidepressants » Cam W., posted by NikkiT2 on August 21, 2001, at 14:30:41
I'm afraid I have to back Sal at least to a point. But see my next post to Sal also.
In the first place I don't think this particular post was only about self medicating. Importing meds into the US from abroad doesn't have to mean you are bypassing your doctor, just the FDA. Whether this is a good idea is a whole nother issue.
Even if this is about self medicating I'd rather see you give your arguments against it (as you did) than to insist that the subject not be raised. It's an important issue and this is probably the best place to talk about the good and bad (as has been done). It's not like the practice is going to go away just because the discussion gets banned. And telling people where they can get something is not the same as telling them to go and do it.
Not everyone has access to a doctor to supervise them if the want it. This is even true in the US where we are still a long way from universal health care.
On legality. This is going to vary by country and from year to year. This board is dominated by people from the US, Canada and the UK but we're not the only ones here and I really doubt that importing meds is illegal in all the countries represented here. I'm not sure exactly what the US law is but it's pretty clear that we don't care much about enforcing it at the moment unless the drugs are controlled substances (in US that's completely illegal drugs like pot, heroin, or mdma or legal but restricted schedule 2 drugs considered useful medically but that could potentially be used to get high). I'd be very interested in knowing what the UK and Canadian (and any other) laws say and how they are being enforced.
Personally I don't self medicate and I probably never will. I fanatically follow instructions. And I prefer that my drugs have passed the FDA's hurdles. In fact, I'd like to see those hurdles made even higher. But it's fairly easy for me to say that since I think I have a doctor prescribed, 100% legal option that works. Not everyone does.
> Im afraid I'm with Cam on this.
> It encourages people to self medicate, and this is incedibly dangerous. OK, some people are balanced and can make an informed decision, but this is a mental health board, and we have all be very un-blanced at times, and not able to make sensible decision over these things. I have been there, and very likely, if I have chosen to order meds without a prescription I would not be here now to type this.
> Please, and I know you've been asked before, lay off posts giving people this info.
> > Sal - Do you think that it is a good idea to encourage people to break the law? - Cam