Dear Fellow Pharmacists,
Step back a moment, especially if you work in retail pharmacy. Remind yourself, continually, that you're in a microcosm of the real world. You only see a portion of the population... the portion with the ongoing diseases and illnesses. Hope, dear pharmacist, hope that what you're seeing isn't a reflection of the population as a whole.
You see the scammers and the addicts... people who lie about their income so they can get free medication... people who lie about their pain so they can get narcs. You see the absolute dregs of society on a daily basis. So many people lie to you every day that you question every prescription, or you've become so numb you fill anything.
But these people are not the population as a whole. Surely the vast majority of people are hard-working people who don't take advantage of the system. Surely there are people out there that don't expect others to pay their way, pay their healthcare costs... people that love freedom and capitalism, people who accept responsibility for themselves and their situation.
Forget that the number of people on Medicaid and catastrophic Medicare has tripled in the last eight years. Forget that there's too many people out there wanting someone else to pay for their lifestyle choices. Forget about the people that obviously have sufficient income but still somehow "qualify" to have their children on Medicaid. Forget about how hard you work and how much of your income goes toward taxes to take care of these people.
After all, it's someone else's money, right?