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Corrie Street Apr. 17/16

Medical Marijuana

It’s been like time travel, hearing Izzy and Gary and now Anna freak out about marijuana and drug dealing and the slippery slope. ReeferReeferMadnessPoster-wikipedia madness! Over a bit of weed.

Where have these people been, I’ve wondered. Have they not heard the debates of the past how many years about the medicinal uses of marijuana, the legalization, the dispensaries where people with prescriptions receive their allotted dosages? Marijuana is talked about a lot in media and general discourse, but as “medical” more so than “recreational”.

With her chronic illness and high levels of pain, I would think Izzy would know all about what is au courant in the medical community for long term pain relief. And, at least here in North America, that’s medical marijuana. I’ve even seen posts on social media recently about its value for chronic pain relief for your dog.

Pain Relief

And Izzy hadn’t discussed its possible benefit for her with her doctor? Instead she went to a decidedly sleazy bar and met a guy who sold her oregano. Good heavens, I had no idea that old trick could still work on anyone.

Izzy holds up tiny bag of marijuanaThen Gary gets her some. Problem solved, until she needs more. The next lot that Gary buys is way stronger. Tell your friend to use less, the guy warns Gary. Ya think? The teeny-tiny amount alone ought to be a clue. Izzy heeds the warning, but whatever else is in it is very powerful and she is totally disoriented by it.

Anna walks in, of course, and sees the state of Izzy and the evidence ashtrayin the ashtray (and presumably the smell). Off she goes with Jake, telling Izzy she’s in no fit state to care for a child. Until she sorts herself out, Jake will not be back.

Start at the end

So later in the week Izzy does what she should have done in the first place. She goes to her doctor and asks about a prescription for medical marijuana. The doctor turns her down as not qualifying for some reason. Now she will have to turn elsewhere for pain relief, in other buzzed out Izzy tells Anna it was different beforesleazy bars or with other high-powered opiate prescription painkillers.

Presumably we’ll be crawling into the underbelly of illegal or legal drug use along with her in the search for pain relief. It’s a real story about a real problem. If the writers had simply turned events in the plot around, it would be more believable. It should have started at the point it ended at this week, with Izzy asking her doctor about medical marijuana as an option for her.

Izzy could also ask about Sylvia Goodwin’s experiment with pain relief in hash brownies three years ago.

Coronation Street Apr. 21/13

Reefer Madness

waitress-sylvia reefer madnessTuesday, Dennis asks Sylvia about the effectiveness of her hash brownies for pain relief. Works a treat she said as she swiftly cleared and cleaned tables using her previously painful wrist. Having wrenched his back, Dennis stops scoffing about the expected effects of marijuana and pleads for some for his back pain.

Sylvia baked them herself, using ingredients given to her by Stan the brownie “pusher man”. Hers rita-pulls-dennis-off-floorclearly were stronger than his, and Dennis keeled over in a happy stoned heap after just a bite or two. Rita found him, then saw the leftover brownie. One sniff of it and she knew. Sylvia and Dennis were trotted off to Dr. Carter’s office for a talk on ‘proper’ pain control and unanticipated physiological dangers of marijuana.

Did producers fear a spike in marijuana purchase and usage by elderly Britons? Have physicians written to Coronation Street asking them to stop this storyline? Because if I suffered from chronic pain, I’d be at my local One O’Clock Club right quick looking for a Stan!

Social Impact

Rita finds hash brownieAnyone who has read about the social impact of Coronation Street knows that its stories affect people’s attitudes and behaviour. Two examples come to my mind. First, enquiries from men to nursing schools increased when Martin Platt went into nursing. Second, years before that, law suits against town councils about stubbed toes increased after Stan Ogden sued Weatherfield council for an injury to his toe from uneven cobbles on the street.

every-sprinkleGoogling Sylvia and hash brownies didn’t produce anything from medical and substance abuse professions about the current storyline. I did find this article about Stephanie Cole’s thoughts on her character’s actions. She indicates that it will treat the subject seriously and not just be a funny story about pensioner stoners.

I don’t know if the story has ended with Dr. Carter’s warnings about increased blood pressure and other health risks. Possibly, since they were using it for medicinal rather than recreational purposes and marijuana is not physiologically addicting in the way that opiates and cocaine are.

Hash or cocaine

sylvia-looks-at-candySo this story begs to be compared with the one about Ryan and cocaine. Within a couple months, Ryan began using cocaine to the point he was dangerous to himself and others, then he stopped. End of story. Sylvia and Dennis ceasing their brownie consumption immediately would be more realistic than Ryan apparently never having another thought about cocaine.

I’d like to know what Dr. Carter counsels for chronic pain relief. I hope it is not percocet or with-dr-carteroxycodone unless Corrie writers are going to delve into the real nastiness of those legal and heavily prescribed painkillers. They could do that; the continuing serial format allows for presentation of multiple sides of an issue and this is an important one. I am so sorry, though, that we didn’t get to see Norris and Mary stoned.