Vicodin earrings


Becky Stern had some leftover Vicodin tablets from her recent knee operation, so naturally she fashioned them into a pair of Vicodin earrings.

As I posted earlier, Becky also created an embroidered replica of her knee MRI. I really like the way she turned this otherwise painful and time-sucking event into an opportunity to create some cool works of art.


  1. As a hydrocodone sommelier, these are NOT Vicodin.

    They are a generic substitute manufactured by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals consisting of 7.5 mg of hydrocodone and 750 mg of acetaminophen.

    Insignificant distinction to most, but like any good jeweler or other connoisseur, we prefer the brand-name “diamonds” to the “generica zirconia.”

  2. She doesn’t have to sell them – she’s breaking the law just by having them. It’s illegal to keep prescription meds in anything other than the original container from the pharmacy. If she runs into the wrong cop while wearing these, she’s going to jail.

  3. I’ve had to deal with people that would likely bite her ear off in an effort to get those pills if they saw her on the street.

    Shouldn’t there be some Mike Tyson jokes here by now, btw?

  4. Hypothetically speaking, if one were to roll up their own cigarette with wired papers, then one could carry the unused portion around by bending the wire and using it as an earring until such time as it may be needed. If one were to be so brazen as to venture out into the wild on a Saturday night thus adorned, one might be surprised to realize just how little notice said earring might get.

  5. Kind of irresponsible is you ask me (you didn’t but I’m gonna say it anyways).

    Women are always complaining about losing earrings, what if a kid or other small animal finds one of these ? Could kill ’em.

    People do this sort of thing just to elicit questions about their ‘unique sense of quirkiness’.

    Of course, right now I’m at a Starbucks using one of these!/

    … and you should see the looks I’m getting! My internal smug-o-meter is buried right now.

  6. MLW99 – Well played, sir. Not that I wouldn’t munch them in a heartbeat- don’t get me wrong, but the real trick is a couple Norcos and a Soma. Don’t judge me, I was born in the 80s.

  7. Even if they were mock pills, I still think she would be hassled. Cops are not know for telling the difference between real bombs and LEDs, so why would it matter here?
    I wonder if they would consider it as counterfeit and send in the IP police?

  8. @#12: I’ll never, ever understand why drug manufacturers ruin perfectly fine opiates with… paracetamol.

    Also: if you’re willing to bite someone’s ear off for 7.5 mgs of oxycodone, then you really, really need help. Maybe 80mgs, definately 160. But 7.5? I’ll just stick to the panadol.

  9. @29 Have you ever had to deal with real junkies? I have had the thorough displeasure of just being forced to be in their vicinity for too long and yes they do need help – forget biting off ears for a minimal dose, I have witnessed fights and severe beatings over unidentified possible doses. I’m talking about people who if you threw a skittle on the floor would cut each others throats in an effort to get at it before then attacking you for it not being drugs

  10. Lizardman: I work in a Clean Needle Program and, by definition, am a junkie myself.

    We’re at an interesting culture crossroads, us junkies – our attitudes, general temperament and reactions to a “skittle on the floor” seem to be shaped very much by how wider society treats us.

    Contries with well implemented harm reduction programmes generally have a higher class of drug user – giving people the opportunity to talk about where they are at, and to learn some respect. Respect for thier bodies, via safer practices; for the general public, by having safe places to collect and dispose; and an ability to deal with their habit by not resorting to violence or crime. Giving people options, rather than forcing them into a dark corner goes a long way to removing all those horrid things prohibition makes happen.

    By empowering people to realise it’s not just them (but totally within their control), there is a great deal of… kinship and community, that trickles down to the poor and the homeless who are just looking for a hit, whatever the hell it may be, and at whatever dosage they can find.

  11. people with chemical addictions who were given the chemicals for free in a clean, safe and private environment would be indistinguishable from most of the booze and prescription drug addicted “pillars of society” that get to send the illegally addicted to jail, the streets or the cemetery. All this misery is by human choice. And I don’t mean the addict’s choice.

    Do something to help humanity today: go find some self-righteous priest, or cop, or politician, punch them in the face and drag them down to the streets to see what their ignorant bigotry creates by treating addiction as a non-medical problem.

    No one should be addicted to something they have to put in to their arms with a needle. But they are. Kill the criminal profit motive by giving them their drug for free and treat them as you would treat anyone with a sickness. If you don’t give a shit about them, think of your wallet and all the money thrown on the fire for cops and prisons and AIDS and all the other utter failed idiocies that pandering, scum politicians use to push your fear buttons.

    Heroin and cocaine (for starters) are CHEAP to produce. Save billions by admitting this and put the gangsters out of business.

  12. @31 J France

    Then, yes, you almost defintiely have dealt with the sort of people I was referencing. I agree they need help, I was mostly responding because you seemed to express incredulity at the idea of someone going after these earrings but given the experience you are listing it would seem that you know its a reality.

  13. Takuan: You’re teh man. Totally agreed… maybe not punching priests, but the rest of it.

    Lizardman: I’m an absolute PWID-apologist (people who inject drugs), I know, but I consider my views as a sort of “affirmitive action” for users – and I know they work, it’s amazing how you can improve someone situation with empathy, the tiniest bit of knowledge (filter everything at or below 5.0u!) and not judging.

    You may not get them off the streets, but it is very easy to boost alot of people out of a downward spiral.

    Userphobia is the last great bastions of discrimination in our society/ies, and I think that stinks.

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