I wish I could change jobs, but I have no idea what I would do. I've come to the conclusion that I don't really like the profession of pharmacy or the health care profession in general. I feel like I'm doing more harm than good by promoting medication therapy to people. As I've said before, I don't take anything besides sudafed or Tylenol every once in a while. I don't believe medication is the secret to staying healthy for longer. I firmly believe that a healthy diet, good exercise, and an overall active lifestyle does more to help pretty much everything than drugs do.
Sure, medication has it's place. However, I just feel like in my pharmacy, most of the drugs we dispense are unwarranted. I mean, how can the most prescribed drug in the United States be Vicodin? Why do we have to keep more Percocet in stock than HCTZ? How come every child in the world now gets Ritalin, Adderal, Concerta, and now Vyvanse? Is it right to be handing out Lipitor to the man that's 100 pounds overweight, when if he just ate right, exercised, and lost weight, he'd decrease his risk for heart disease more than Lipitor ever could?
Everyone is looking for shortcuts to good health. Everyone wants to just take a pill and go right on doing what they were doing before. Hell, they're even doing research to see if they can make a pill mimic the effects of exercise on the body. We've reached the point where we even want our exercise to come in pill form!!
Furthermore, what happens if we just took all these drugs away? No more Lipitor. No more Actos. No more blood pressure medication. Basically no safety nets. You tell people, "look, you can live however you desire because this is a free country. However, if your poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle end up causing you to develop heart disease or diabetes, you're going to have to live with it." No drugs to bail them out. If they don't live healthy, then they increase the chances of being sick, and once sick, there's nothing anyone can do for them.
Maybe if there were no drugs to fight these more or less preventable diseases, maybe people would take better care of themselves in the first place.
I think I'd love to be a personal trainer or a dietitian of some sort. I'd love to tell people how to work out in order to be as strong as they can be, and I'd love to teach people how to eat healthy. However, it's difficult making money in that kind of field, and sadly, I've grown accustomed to my 6-figure salary. I don't think I could afford an $80,000 per year pay cut in order to do the thing that I like the most and feel has the most worth. Therefore, I'll just keep chugging away at a job I don't particular like or believe in.
Maybe one day, I'll have the courage to just say "fuck it." I'll walk right out that pharmacy door and never look back. I wouldn't worry about money or plans for the future. I'd just go wherever my heart leads me. Maybe I'll only end up making minimum wage and struggling to make ends meet every month. At least then, a little part of me wouldn't die inside every time I go to work.