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The use of propranolol in dampening a person's memory: Should we get to decide if our memory should be erased (yes) or should it be approved by a doctor (no)?

The use of propranolol in dampening a person's memory: Should we get to decide if our memory should be erased (yes) or should it be approved by a doctor (no)?
  • Patients Have Rights

    Propranolol is not available over-the-counter in the United States, probably because of its numerous side effects. The patient should have the ultimate authority in regards to memory blocking, if propranol is possible to block short-term memory. The dangers of overdosing and the illegal use as a possible date rape drug may prevent the substance from ever being used over-the-counter in America. As it is now, only a doctor can prescribe the medication in the states. However, that should change in the future if there are ways to prevent people from making the substance into an illegal hallucinogenic.

  • People and not doctors should have the right to choose whether or not to have their memories erased.

    Memories are a collective of personal experiences not a health condition. Since memories are not a matter of health, individuals should have the right to decide whether or not to keep them without that decision being subject to the approval of a doctor. In fact, the individual right to erase memories could actually decrease the amount of mental health issues that occur as the result of individuals having the ability to spare themselves from the agony of enduring negative memories.

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