I fell sick over the weekend with a nasty cough. The doctor prescribed me some antibiotics, anti-inflammation tablets, and this red bottle of pure evil:
Just a 10ml dose of this cough medicine was enough to make me feel extremely high and drowsy. If being “high” means feeling light-headed and being unable to concentrate, then that’s exactly what happened to me. It was so powerful that I immediately fell asleep on my bed for a three-hour nap at 10am on Monday morning.
You can imagine the utter torture I was forced to endure at work as I straddled between the borderline of consciousness and unconsciousness, while trying to proofread and fact-check stories.
My mother told me later that she had read some news in the past about some drug addicts in Singapore who had stolen some “red cough syrup” just to make themselves feel high. She could not remember the name of the cough mixture, and I couldn’t read the illegible doctor’s handwriting on my bottle, so I have no way of verifying if I was indeed holding on to the holy grail of druggies.
I’ve always wondered why people who drink alcohol enjoy becoming drunk. Is getting high really that fun? After experiencing that for the past four days, my answer is an emphatic: bloody hell no.
An old colleague of mine once remarked in the office: “Life is very short, we should enjoy the ‘highs’ while our bodies can still take it.”
There is just one problem: I have never believed in the principle of putting crap into your body just for that temporary experience of an euphoric rush. I also believe that liver cancer and lung cancer are very, very nasty things that can be easily AVOIDED if you take care of your health from a young age.
I am a childhood asthmatic who inherited an alcohol allergy from my father, so my above statements are obviously very biased.
In all seriousness, please don’t actually start hoarding cough syrup to replace your alcohol or marijuana. People actually need these damn medicines to recover from illness.
And please don’t ever smoke in the fucking hotel balcony.
Likes videogames a lot, and good videogame writers even more. Plays almost everything except for rhythm games. Also enjoys sports, animation, comics, Japanese language studies, and the occasional American TV drama. Contributes to BallBall and No Game No Talk.