Sunday 25 February 2018

First they took away the booze and now pills

As a nation we don't drink like we used to but tablets are now the quiet props of the coping classes, writes Donal Lynch

Out of touch: Dr Eva Orsmond’s ‘Medication Nation’ ignored the wider context of a country struggling after a decade of austerity
Out of touch: Dr Eva Orsmond’s ‘Medication Nation’ ignored the wider context of a country struggling after a decade of austerity
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

'They have already taken our booze," I couldn't help thinking as I digested the crusading moralism of Dr Eva Orsmond's documentary Medication Nation, "and now they want our pills."

Not that I'm rattling around popping Ritalin like a hyper teenager or getting off my box on Oxycontin, like a rapper. Not that I really fitted into the documentary's demographics of an old person being kept alive on blood thinners and heart pills or a depressive trying to feel normal.

But which Irish adult couldn't use a sleeping tablet every now and again? I can't nod off without one before an early flight.

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