Some time back, I had a buddy tell me that pills weren’t necessary. They were just a crutch. If you eat right, exercise and remain composed, you won’t need medication. It sounded good to me.
Then my blood pressure shot up. Whoa. I’ll tell you, when your blood pressure shoots up, it’s hard to remain composed. I solved my blood pressure problem with a little pill and decided my buddy was a doofus. Eating right and exercise are great, but sometimes we need help.
As the number of pills increases, so does the complexity of life. I suspect that most people around my age spend some time each week organizing their medications for the next week. Those of us retired from the military can’t complain about the cost. I don’t mind spending an hour at the Fort Belvoir Hospital Pharmacy for free stuff. Of course, I am so cheap that I refuse to drive on the toll lanes around DC.
Then the pill I had been taking for years changes its size, shape and color! It had something to do with some new generic drug that is supposed to be as good as the original. That’s what the FDA says. I have no idea. Hey, I’m just trying to keep them off the floor so the dog doesn’t get them.
Now for the $64 question. Is it OK to take your pills out of their original containers and put them in your weekly pill dispenser? We all do it, but is it legal? I guess the correct answer is it depends. It depends on the type of drugs you are taking. Certain drugs are called scheduled drugs and are controlled by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). If you have a prescription for Oxycodone or Xanax, I’d keep it in its original container with your name on it. One fellow who was carrying his Oxycodone in a little plastic bag didn’t fair too well (Duh).
My son, Paul, used to be the Deputy Warden at the Fluvanna County Correction Center for Women (FCCCW). Every once in a while, on visiting day, they would cordon off the parking lot and search the vehicles. They would find long knives, sawed-off shotguns and lots of pills. They would confiscate everything. So, if your daughter or granddaughter is at FCCCW and you are going to visit her, don’t take all your pills in your weekly dispenser (or your sawed-off shotgun).
Now, what about flying? You can’t go on a trip and not take your pills. We aren’t frequent flyers, but when we fly, we keep our pills close by. I have searched through the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) list of prohibited items, and I didn’t find anything prohibiting medications. They do recommend that medications be clearly labeled (but they don’t require it). Believe me, the TSA has bigger problems to worry about than whether pills are properly labeled. If I were traveling overseas, I’d be more cautious and try to find out what the rules are in the countries I was visiting.
Finally, if some strange looking dude at the airport asks you to hold his medications while he looks for a friend, don’t do it!
Written by PJ Rice at www.ricequips.com