Which is Worse for you, Antidepressants or Street Drugs?

Which is Worse for you, Antidepressants or Street Drugs?

This week’s featured question is, “Which is worse for you, antidepressants or street drugs?” 

Answer to this week’s question

It is all bad for you particularly if you are abusing your antidepressants. The health consequences are a high price to pay.

Same goes for street drugs plus add the fact that they are illegal to sell and purchase. 

I’m not a fan of pharmaceutical companies but if I have to take any medication I want to know who to hold accountable. Therefore, if you think you need medication I advise you to see your doctor and get a prescription.  Ask the doctor about known contraindications with other medication or foods.  

If you are having trouble paying for your prescriptions you can get help from the Community Assistance Program by downloading a FREE prescription discount card.  

Unlike with street drugs any prescription you take the pharmacist will include the information of ingredients which you can also research on Google or by contacting the pharmaceutical company. With your prescription will be instructions regarding contraindications regarding using your prescription with other medications and certain types of foods. 

Dealers are cutting heroin with Fentynal, bad batches of the bath salts and other hallucinogens out there are being sold to our youth. Tainted marijuana and knockoff pills are being made. Anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications are also in some areas being home pressed.  

You exchange cash or goods for drugs and that is all you will get. You put yourself at serious risk when you take street drugs.

There is always the risk of becoming dependent on any drug. When you become dependent on street drugs particularly the home pressed and tampered with type. Should somethng happen to you it would be hard for an emergency room team to give you adequate treatment not knowing ingredients of what you took.

Which is Worse for you, Antidepressants or Street Drugs?

Do you or someone you know have a problem with abusing medications or using street drugs? If so go to your local hospital or treatment program for help.  Tell a close friend or family member who is not using and abusing to get support. 

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8 thoughts on “Which is Worse for you, Antidepressants or Street Drugs?

  • October 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm
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    Hi Lydia,

    I don’t like meds at all but I do take anti depressants. I go for the lowest dose there is because I tell my doc that I don’t want to be a walking zombie. So far so good. The dose is so low that I will suffer from depression here and there, but have years of therapy in my pocket to pull out something to snap me out of it. It isn’t easy, but I do try.

    I just can’t figure out how people can abuse this substance. For me, I need to be sharp and clear, even when I’m at my lowest. I want to know what is going on in my body and mind. Sure I wish I could escape like the next guy, but that is not real.

    Oh well…that’s my two cents.

    -Donna
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    • November 2, 2016 at 3:31 am
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      Hi Donna, Sounds like you have done a lot of work to maintain and control the situation. Some just don’t have that added input and support. Either they don’t seek the therapy and learn the tools or the information isn’t given to them. I like you will always opt for the lower dose of medication and come off as soon as I can. Unfortunately, some people are not able to do that. Thank you for your comment.

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  • October 23, 2016 at 5:41 pm
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    Although I don’t like being on prescribed drugs an anti-depressant that controls my noradrenaline levels was a life saver for me. I suffered a degree of anxiety all of my life and it got really bad in my 40’s. It’s due to a genetic problem that’s caused me various other health issues. I don’t like having to take them I know I need them.
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    • October 24, 2016 at 3:24 am
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      Hey Sue that is how I feel about medication I don’t like to take them but will if I need to. I am very leery of doctors that so quickly write prescriptions vs discussing alternatives.

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  • October 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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    Fortunately, I was never tempted by either legally prescribed drugs or street drugs. I value my brain, memories, and healthy daily functions too much to try to see what some mind altering drug will do. I don’t need an escape from reality.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am human, but I was surrounded by people that did all of the above and I don’t need to “try it” myself to see what a huge mistake it is!

    I am prescription free and so is my husband, (thank you God!). Your post is very informative and you provide solid tips on what to do and what not to do.

    I certainly hope those that need the help, get it ASAP! We all deserve good health and happiness.
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    • October 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm
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      Yes we do Deborah deserve health and happiness. If only that realization was enough to battle this disease. Like any other disease alcohol and addiction require more. Thank you for your comment.

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  • October 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    Hi Lydia,

    Informative post which I hope helps someone.

    I’ve been on both sides of the coin… self medicated myself with street drugs & alcohol before learning the cause of my symptoms and was prescribed a drug that worked for me. Have never had to go back to the street. Lucky me!

    Your reasons for going legal are sound. Thank you,
    Edward
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    • October 15, 2016 at 7:35 pm
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      Hey Edward, so happy you found your way. Your comments are important thank you for visiting again.

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