If you take pain meds, “having extra pills” is a warning flag; where does that land you when there’s an emergency?
The standard “pain medication contract” that is now required of pretty much all chronic pain patients taking narcotics on a regular basis usually contains a clause which commits people to come in for “pill counts” whenever asked.
Too few pills?
You are not complying with instructions — and may have your “license to receive” revoked.
Too many pills?
That’s Pill Hoarding — and a potential sign of addictive behavior.
Except . . . as we watch the world come to an end — on screens of whatever size — one of the first pieces of “here’s why you should panic” information we got was:
Most of our medication, and the chemical precursors needed to manufacture it come from China, Covid-19 Central.
Depending on who you ask, you should have a 7–30 day supply of all your daily meds in a Go Bag, in the backseat of your solar-powered get-away Humvee (where left meets right).
“The Opioid Crisis” that I have been watching is made up of people in chronic pain, brutally cut off from medication regimens that had kept them stable for years, thrown into the streets to OD (which then justifies more clamping down on . . . people in pain — rather than doing something Communistic, like providing enough treatment beds to cover all the people with addiction problems).
I am not worried about not having enough hand sanitizer or enough face masks, as the Covid-19 pandemic circles ever-closer.
But the idea of going into withdrawal (when deprived of legitimately prescribed medication) on the floor of a plague-patient filled ER . . . Really not looking forward to that.