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The World Of Medicine: an investigative report

Researching  about a medicine called Methadone that has been killing people in several states, this reporter discovered that many medicines actually make health conditions worse, even though doctors may say they will help. Some doctors put these pills out there not knowing themselves what can happen, according to New York Times (NYT) reporter Abby GoodNough on September 04, 2010.

Certain medicines that some people take for pain such as hydrocodone, aspirin, anti-depressants, anxiety pills, stress pills, headache relievers, are the main problem. The reality of the situation is that while the pain  may stop for a few hours when it comes back, it’s ten times worse. So are your pain medications really helping or hurting you? The link below gives the names of several other medication pills that are defective and have killed  kids and adults including college and High school students

Most of these pills are given to people by trusted doctors. Yet 28,000 people have died from unintentional drug poisoning. NYT statistics say that every 24 minutes someone dies from doctor-prescribed medication. Here in Illinois, the deaths from such medication have quadrupled to 15,000 and the number is rising.

But are prescription pain pills a problem in Waukegan? A student at Waukegan High School senior Deira Gleghorn says, “Yes.”  She has taken medication before for pain. The pain continues, though.  She says, “It only works for a certain amount of time; the pain goes away. Then if it comes back, it is worse than when I got it the first time.” However it’s good to know that Deira has never known someone who has died from or overdosed on medication. She just happens to be one of the people that actually reads the side effects on the back of the pill bottle before taking it. But not everyone does that according to the recent article that I read about Methadone.

My second interviewee was someone who deals with taking medication more than the average person. Denise Davis a Waukegan resident, says, “certain medications she takes only require ‘as needed use.’  In this case, they really help.”  She shared with me that she only takes two painkillers since her knee replacement, one being for nerve pain due to complications from having several knee surgeries. Her doctor never adds more meds, if anything he may have Denise see a specialist that can help with medication management. He prescribes what he feels is needed, and when that does not work, he will research other options even if that means seeing another doctor.”

Because she takes more than one pain medication, Ms. Davis believes most doctors should monitor patients’ drug combination and usage, though many don’t, which is what endangers the patient, in her opinion.

A senior at Waukegan High School, Kendrick Smith, has a mother who takes medication at night. He revealed to me that “after his mom takes her medication, she cannot drive or operate anything. It puts her right to sleep for the rest of the night” — these are painkillers too.  He says that his mom does not like to take the medication, but that is what her doctor prescribed. Kendrick also said his “mom sometimes does not want to take it in case an emergency occurs, because she would not be able to do anything and it could put her in danger.”

So this is factual evidence that medicine is not always good for you, it might not even help. Pay attention to your medicine so you will not be apart of this big epidemic. It is possible to stop this so that this does not start to be something that becomes a bigger problem than it already is. You don’t want this to be your child or family or friend, so read every prescription bottle for potential side effects.

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