Putting The High Into Highly Ineffective

| Birmingham, AL, USA | Working | November 30, 2013

(I am a high school student taking [Medication] to manage my ADHD. I have to get a signed prescription every month from the doctor, who has just hired a new receptionist.)

Me: “Hello. My name is [Name] and I’m calling in for a prescription for [Medication].”

Receptionist: “Okay, your file says time-release, [number] mg per day, and I’ll put in three refills so you don’t have to call back as soon.”

Me: “You can’t put in refills for [Medication].”

Receptionist: “See, this way, your pharmacist can just give you a bottle each month, and you don’t have to call the doctor for three months.”

Me: “[Medication] is a class-C controlled drug. You can’t put refills on my prescription because it is illegal. The pharmacist won’t fill it. Please write me out a new prescription.”

(When I got the prescription a few days later in the mail, it said ‘Refills X3.’ We had to go to the doctor’s office in person to get a proper prescription. Way to save us time, receptionist!)

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