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Disability Bitch hates prescription charges

7th May 2009

Readers, I don't mind admitting that this week, as well as being low on money like everyone else, I'm living in fear. No, I'm not worried about swine flu anymore, not since I discovered that the scary phrase 'global pandemic' actually means an incident of one person passing it to another in two separate countries. I suspect that I, personally, have caused a global pandemic of the common cold because I went to France for a weekend last year when I was feeling a bit ropey and sneezed on the Eurostar. Sorry about that.
A doctor handing over a prescription
No, I don't care about infectious diseases - unless I have to pay for drugs to combat it, of course. Today I'm more worried about the possibility that I may be exiled from the country. I'm not joking. You'll know, I'm sure, that the UK this week published a list of people they didn't want to visit the country very much. If you've read it closely, you'll be further aware that one of those names is right wing US shock jock Michael Savage, who used to produce herbal teas but then became a DJ.

As well as being accused of having racist and homophobic views, Michael Savage has reportedly said mean things about autistic people, apparently including that they're not disabled, they're brats, and that parents of autistic kids are just scamming benefits.
Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith MP
The British Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, has objected to him and now, even though Michael has no interest in actually coming to Britain, he's threatened to sue her for defamation.

Much as I don't particularly want to share territory with this man, you can see why I'd be concerned that hating the disabled is suddenly grounds for people to be banned from the UK.

First question: why stop at Michael Savage? Plenty of people in this promised land are disablist blighters, so why don't we kick the lot of them out? Second question: I, Disability Bitch, hate disabled people for a living, right here on Ouch. I hate them all. So now I'm concerned for my citizenship. I must be on a banned list somewhere. Surely it's only a matter of time before someone comes knocking on my door and puts me on a plane out of here, with my passport torn to shreds.

I wouldn't object, but the thing is that I HATE the thought of being in exile - ick - and I'm worried at the prospect of it. Bluntly, if I get chucked out, I want to know where I am being sent - even more so since I discovered that suicide rates are lower in areas where lithium is naturally present in water. Free drugs?
Close-up of a kitchen tap
As I didn't listen much at school, my first thought was: "Why is lithium, a strong mental illness drug, naturally present in drinking water? This must be wrong!" But apparently it is indeed the case. It's a metal. Being so, I did wonder why all the manic depressives and depressives who rely on factory produced versions of lithium to keep themselves sane-ish don't just all head off to live in places they can get it out of a tap, thereby saving themselves the hefty £7.20 prescription charge. You can buy a lot of doughnuts for £7.20, you know.

Contemplating my own exile, I decided that I wished to relocate to a place where my own pain-killing anti-spasmodic drugs of choice are found in the water, so that I can save a bit of cash. I'm sure it's my human right. Distressed to discover that the ones I take - mainly ibuprofen, baclofen and diazepam - don't actually occur naturally, I turned to the internet for solace. Imagine my joy when I discovered an old report from the Drinking Water Inspectorate suggesting that many prescription drugs can be found in UK tap water - including my personal favourite, the sedative diazepam.
The River Thames viewed from the air
Another report mentioned that so many people in London use cocaine that traces of the drug can be found in the River Thames. The drugs pass through users' bodies and into the river. So on the one hand, we have national newspapers accusing disabled people of being good-for-nothing work-shy resource-wasting drains on tax. And on the other, we discover that through our prolific pharmaceutical use, disabled people are discretely medicating the rest of the nation by excreting medications into the water supply.

Yes. We're paying the prescription charges and we give them back to the rest of the world for free. It's an outrage.
Pink tablets being sifted into a bottle by a pharmacist
Personally, I don't understand why disabled people don't just work out whereabouts in the world the concentration of the drugs they need is likely to be highest. I, for example, should probably live downstream of a residential college for people with cerebral palsy. I could bathe in the waters every day and after a year - who knows! - I'd probably be cured. Readers, I'm getting my atlas out.


This week, Heather was delighted to learn that the EU has banned products made from the 'cruel' Canadian seal slaughters. And she once received a letter from fellow friend of the animals, Brigitte Bardot. To celebrate, here's a picture of Heather, her former husband Paul, and a seal. Write your own caption.


Following last week's excitement when I was friend-requested by a 'devotee' (Google it; actually, don't!), this week's been quiet on Facebook. You can still be my friend by clicking here. 1274 people can't be wrong.

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