A PHS Student notes the powerful message of hip hop artist Macklemore’s single “Drug Dealer.” They write:
Macklemore, an influential hip hop artist, has unveiled his addictive personality using music as an outlet. In his latest single, Drug Dealer, he etches a powerful landscape – one filled with prescription and over-the-counter drugs that percolate through the walls of our healthcare system. The aim of Drug Dealer is bringing to surface the abuse of prescription (and over-the-counter) drugs. Earlier in the semester we discussed socioecological models on health and how Scott, once a respected nurse/caretaker, was driven to a lifestyle dependent on drugs. Under the guidance of John Mullahy, we also considered health as a consumer product. Given that prescription drugs are a product of healthcare and are intended to improve health, they are a health good – a unit of health that you can just pluck off of the shelf and buy. Macklemore (and many other victims of addiction), however, brings forward an idea that we haven’t covered about health resources in 795: there’s such a thing as too much of a health good. The salience of this idea raises so many questions: how do we address the consumption of these drugs? How should their access by addressed? Should their tax rates be increased? Should drug management be more intensive and more engaged? Where’s that crystal ball when you need it?
Here’s a link to Macklemore’s single: