I knew it was going to hit me. I was preparing for it early in April. I could feel it coming on stronger, holding longer, tightening its grip…What am I talking about…DEPRESSION!
You know as a mental health advocate, I wish I could say I am cured, 100% in recession with my bipolar. I have mild symptoms and some more severe. My bipolar cycles typically quarterly. With medications and therapy, I have not had to deal with major bouts of depression or hypomania for quite some time. It’s there, the depression is always present. Many of its byproducts: low self-esteem, self-hate, and loathing remain present constantly. It’s something that I deal with on a day to day, step-by-step, inch by inch, minute by minute (at times) basis.
Usually, I can work around my symptoms and can be quite creative at the same time…sometimes all I want to do is just lay in bed and hide myself away from the world. That’s when I take my little tablet with me…
This sounds great, applaud the effort right, FINALLY A COMPANY that cares – “As the largest U.S. pharmacy based on total prescription revenue and as an employer of 26,000 pharmacists who dispense prescriptions and counsel patients, CVS Caremark is uniquely positioned to play a role in helping to stop the prescription drug epidemic.” states an article on their website entitled: Working together to combat prescription drug abuse
This sounds like another big move. Recently, CVS made a HUGE statement by removing all smoking products off the shelves. Take that Cancer! The people at Walgreens are laughing all the way to the bank. They know this is all smoke screens and any one “in-the-know” will tell you: CVS was one of the biggest violators in an epidemic that has millions addicted and CVS’ hands are soaked in blood from the death of thousands: -http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/10/14/cvs-meth-idUSN1429261120101014
CVS is caught RED HANDED selling one of the key ingredients used to make illegal Meth and THEY ADMIT IT!!! “CVS Pharmacy Inc, a subsidiary, admitted it sold pseudoephedrine to criminals who used it to make meth“. US Assistant Attorney Shana Mintz said, “Rather than choosing to over-comply with the law like their competitors did, they knowingly under-complied with the law.” This all happened around 2004.
Then CVS threw money at it (the scandal) to make it go away… not $100,000, not a few million but $77 million. Where did that number 77 come from?
You know it’s funny, CVS not only admits to selling 2.6 million of the meth ingredient pseudoephedrine. But one thing to consider: many “smurfing” OR addicts/individuals would buy/make several purchases in small amounts of over-the-counter medicine containing pseudoephedrine and many would also steal just as much as they bought. So, it’s likely, that 2.6 million does not include the entire “product-loss” or what was “stolen.”
Now let me do a little Breaking Bad Heisenberg Math –
Lets round the 2.6 mill to include stolen product…to an even 3 million and divide it by the average cost per bottle (The original formulation of Sudafed contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine)…
Estimation: In the end, you’re looking at over 700,000,000 dollars in Crystal Meth/Crank product that could …
It’s been almost a decade since terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, taking the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Countless more were added to that number suffering from the after-effects; from early stages of cancer effecting first responders to those dealing with the toxic clean-up afterward.
The emotional tragedies from PTSD cannot be overlooked, neither can the suicides connected in many ways to that day.
I did cartoons for the window cleaning industry and I was at my drawing table when it happened. As the second tower fell, so did my heart. It would be almost 7 years before I would pick up that pencil once again. So, every year, I take time to remember that tragedy and I place my pencil down to do that!
Did you play “Red Rover, Red Rover” as a child? I know I did! If you are not sure what this game is then this cartoon will make no sense to you. Let me explain the rule of the game… Umm, no, let me summarize it instead. Two groups of children on opposing sides form a wall linking their hands. Then one calls someone on the other side to run through the wall yelling… RED ROVER…RED ROVER… send (name) right over! If they can’t break the link, then they become part of the opposing wall.
Well back in late January, I got an e-mail from one of my readers asking if I can “create a cartoon that says “Bipolar, Bipolar..let Sanity come over.” I got that from the child’s game. “Red Rover, Red Rover…let Susie come over.” I told this reader (who asked to be anonymous) that I will try… I was not sure how to convey this reader’s concept, so I mixed it up and ADDED my own twist including a huge ProZac Pill.