I would also suggest that the same people who are indeed so quick to throw this topic off have a look back amongst the pages of CoastGab and notice the casual attitude towards prescription medications and the countless references to swallowing meds like Ambien an Xanax by the fistful. I greatly enjoy this site and the people who post but I also find the very nonchalant attitude towards casual usage of prescription meds, alarming. I'm sure I'll take a battering for saying all of that, but there it is.
I feel responsible for most of those references, probably because I have a love/hate relationship with those drugs. I would say 7 out of 10 people I know have prescriptions for Xanax, Ambien and Adderall. They are mostly public relations managers, adverting agency reps and journalists – people under pressure to crank out a ton of creative work on deadline and sleep at odd hours. If I could go back in time, I would never, ever, ever fill those prescriptions. It's been a long, hard road to get from 10 mg of Xanax a day — yep, 10 — to .5 mg.
I joke because I loathe.
And it took MONTHS of hellish insomnia before I could fall asleep without Ambien again.
My mom went to the doctor the other day because she's having a hard time with the stress of my dad and his brain injury . . . and she came home with blood pressure meds and a fat Xanax prescription. I almost screamed in frustration. I don't want my mom to start taking that stuff. It'll make her a slave to it.
Many doctors write these prescriptions casually and irresponsibly. I didn't get a chance to listen to last night's show yet, but if that was the gist of it, I agree.
All that aside, I don't think Dave had a say in the guest, from the small things I know about radio shows. It's like when an editor says to me, "Write me a story about healthy dog food." I say "OK!" and start typing.
And now I have to get back to my story on healthy dog food.