One Hundred Years Ago In Spokane, Washington
Otis Orchards, Washington
June 4, 2016 2:43pm CST
In the local Spokane, Washington newspaper they have a column where they print an article that was in the newspaper 100 years ago. One hundred year ago a Spokane doctor was arrested for writing out too many prescriptions for whiskey. At the time Probation had just started at the beginning of the year. The doctor wrote out twenty-seven prescriptions to one drug store. That is what caught the authorities attention and landed the doctor in jail. The police sent an uncover officer to the doctor. The cop was prescribed two pints of whiskey. The doctor said the man had complained about pain in the stomach. Smoking was looked down on as well. Many companies would not hire smokers because they were considered lazy and unproductive. And they also were thought of having a lack of intelligence. Bringing things up to date, today they are starting to crackdown on doctors who prescribe too many opioids (pain pills) in order to stop the epidemic of addiction to opioids. Many companies today don’t like hiring smokers not because they think smokers are lazy, unproductive and unintelligent but because of health costs. It makes one wonder if anything has changed in 100 years. What are your thoughts on Probation? On smoking?
• Lakewood, Colorado
4 Jun 16
I think it will always be this way...anything that is prescribed or is used for recreation will be monitored and regulated. I am not saying I agree with that all the time though. I know at times it saves a persons life either getting the prescription or being denied it. Smoking is for the birds..even though I smoked for years...but now dont.
• United States
6 Jun 16
As far as laws go with prohibition, I'm sure people did/do get around it somehow. I can't say if this doctor's intent was truly honest or not, but certainly he had a little loop hole working for him at least temporarily. I have heard of people from other countries making their own booze at home - simply because they could not buy it in their country at the time. And with smoking - I have heard that people long ago didn't really realize how bad smoking was for your health - a different mentality of an old generation. But even now, I wouldn't say lazy and unproductive (though I did know a lot of smokers who take way too many smoke breaks) and certainly not unintelligent (though why can't they rationalize it's so bad for their health and everyone around them?).
• Otis Orchards, Washington
6 Jun 16
Yes, there were a lot of lawbreaker during Prohibition. It is claimed there was more drinking going on during Prohibition than any other time. A good show to watch on this is Ken Burn's Prohibition which aired on PBS. (You could probably find it on the PBS website.) I agree with you on the smoking. I've known some very intelligent people who smoked. I guess breaking the habit take more than intelligence.