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Have You Ever Been Invited to a Pill Party?

I have heard of different types of parties that women attend such as jewelry parties, Tupperware parties, cosmetic parties, and other parties where women get together to fundraise and/or be in the company of other women.

I had never heard of a pill party until I recently received an invitation from a prominent woman in my community to attend one with older women. I did not feel comfortable attending. Therefore, I respectfully declined after the 89-year-old host gave me details about the pill party.


What's a Pill Party?

I discovered that the pill party I was invited to is an annual event. It is a gathering of older women in the community who get together after their church services on a designated Sunday.

The hostesses rotate every year. When it is a woman's turn, she is responsible for preparing lunch consisting of her favorite soup. The attendees are expected to bring all their pills. Before enjoying the soup, a discussion about the pills takes place.

Discussion About Pills

The discussion about the pills is like a show and tell. The women leave their pills in their original bottles to keep them from getting mixed up with someone else's bottles. The woman explains the pills she is taking along with the reason she is taking them as well as the side effects.

She tells how long she has been taking a certain pill and how it is working for her. At the end of the demonstration, she says whether she would recommend that pill to the other women.

Before another woman gets her turn to explain her stash, members of the group share if they are taking the same pill. They are also permitted to ask questions about the pills that have been presented.

Each woman takes turns until all the 5-7 women have had a chance to show and tell about their pills.


What Is the Purpose of This Party?

I was told that this is enjoyable for a small group of women to gather and discuss the pills they are taking. If there are women present who had not taken a particular pill for a similar ailment, then she is advised to discuss it with her doctor to determine if she is a good candidate.

I was told that another purpose of the pill party was a safe place for women to talk about their ailments and how they are affecting the quality of their lives. The women who attend year after year report they are not ashamed or embarrassed to admit what pills they are taking. Since everyone there is taking some kind of medication, there is no judgment.

Why I Did Not Accept the Invitation

I initially declined the invitation to the pill party without giving the hostess a reason. I declined as soon as the hostess gave me details about the party. I didn't feel in my spirit it was something I should be a part of. I knew it was nothing that I would find beneficial or enjoyable.

I have had time to reflect and came up with some possible reasons I was not impressed about attending the pill party.

Reminded Me of Other Similar Parties

The older women's pill party reminded me of the dangerous pill parties young people have. They steal pills from their parents and dump them into a large bowl. Without knowing the purpose of the pills, they take them just to get high. They also drink alcohol to speed up the process.

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However, the older women do not take medications belonging to others.

I Didn't Feel Comfortable

I do not feel comfortable comparing my medical condition and my medications with others even though my prize would have been a bowl of hot soup. To me, it felt like a game to see how many women were taking the most pills and who had bragging rights for taking the least number of pills. In fact, a small prize was given to those two winners.

I Want to Keep This Information Private

I think taking medication is a private matter. I believe there is a reason a door is on medicine cabinets. There is no need to share what medicines I am taking in a group setting as if it is something I am proud of. My goal is to get well so that no pills will have to be taken at all.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on July 12, 2020:

Yes you can.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 12, 2020:

Cheryl, I did not attend even though I was invited. Something doesn't fit right in my spirit to ever attend one. I certainly can find other things to do with my time.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on July 12, 2020:

This is not something I would attend but thank you for informing us about it.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 10, 2020:

Thanks, Tim, for reading and commenting on my article. Since I did not attend the pill party, I can't say whether the women prayed for healing or not. However, that would surely be appropriate. If I am ever invited again, I'll ask. Then I will update this article.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on July 10, 2020:

Yes, I immediately thought of the problem we are having with opioids when I read this. Also, I noticed, there apparently isn't a prayer afterwards or during to ask God for healing. I think I'll skip pills parties. Thanks for an interesting read.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on July 09, 2020:

No, never heard of this. I take a multivitamin. I am reminded of a story my friend told me.. as a young pastor he would visit elder members of the congregation and hear stories about their various ailments... heart, liver, gall bladder, etc.. “He called them “organ recitals.”

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