Mixed Media and Collage
Medication, like money, can be a symbol and instrument of personal freedom, but also of danger and addiction. In an age of access where dissatisfaction is not only expected but desirable, morphine is the perfect poster molecule. No amount of it is never enough. On a purely biological basis, it stands alone in its capacity for addiction. In opioid addiction, as in the panic of consumerist desire, the pursuit never stops. The euphoria of the high of consuming lasts for a virtual millisecond in the cycle of getting more. Opioid addiction is the logical end to the American values of the past thirty-five years, turning its victims into self-absorbed, isolated hyper-consumers. Safe and Effective Medication draws attention to the irresponsible prescription of opioids as a cure-all, and the haunting parallels of their transient, sometimes fatal euphoria to other acceptable, if not aspirational excesses that America holds dear.