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September 2018 Archives

The most dangerous prescription medications are addictive ones

If you were asked why people die from taking prescription drugs, you'd likely say it's because they take them differently from how they're prescribed or take something that was for someone else. That's often not the case though. Many individuals either become injured or die by taking medications exactly as prescribed by their doctors. Those who do either become addicted or have an adverse side effect to them.

Insurance Companies Enter the War on Drugs

The opioid crisis has been grabbing headlines for years as overdoses skyrocket and the victims become move diverse (suburban teens, professionals, otherwise law-abiding citizens). Blame constantly shifts from lawmakers to doctors to pharmacists to manufacturers and to users. The starting point is usually aimed at Purdue Pharmaceuticals who pushed to have pain be the "fifth vital sign" for doctors to better understand a patient's state. And when pain was present, Purdue had the perfect remedy - the new "non-addictive" painkiller, Oxycontin, a time-release version of the opioid oxycodone. Their reasoning behind the non addictiveness was because the drug was released slowly over a period of time, which would deter recreational users while managing the pain of legitimate patients.

Children's Advil Recall

Do you have a children's Advil bottle in your medicine cabinet? Great! Ibuprofen is an excellent pain reliever. Is it four ounces? Ok, pretty standard. Is it...bubble gum flavored? Uh oh. Normally this would be a typical product...perfectly safe at therapeutic doses, but the recent 4 oz bubble gum children's Advil lists the dosages out of whack.

Happy Constitution Day!

Today we celebrate the signing of the United States constitution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 17, 1787. Delight in your rights for life, liberty, owning property, and pursuing safety and happiness. Formerly "Citizenship Day," Senator Robert Byrd changed the holiday to "Constitution Day," which mandates all publicly funded schools and federal organizations provide education on the history of the American Constitution.

Is a truck driver always at fault in a jackknifing incident?

Truck drivers and trucking companies are often to blame for a serious commercial truck accident, but not always. Frequently, a negligent or unlawful passenger vehicle driver -- or some other factor is to blame for an 18-wheeler crash and the truck driver and trucking company are not at fault. But what about jackknifing accidents in which the trailer behind a semitruck begins to wobble out of control until it results in a serious collision: Is the driver or transportation company at fault for these kinds of collisions?

Is the Wine Really Fine?

If you buy organic foods and beverages, you should be technically safe from glyphosate exposure because the chemical is not allowed in organic farming. But it has recently been discovered in wine...even organic wine. The organic wine tested at a lower glyphosate rate, but the chemical was still present.

I Don't Drive 55 (but maybe we should)

If you're in Texas, especially Houston, chances are you use an automobile to get around. And living in Houston, you are likely aware of the "kill or be killed" attitude on the highway. This is how I described it after my first time visiting Houston as a driver. It blew my mind how reckless and disrespectful people acted in their cars. I had to keep up, which meant going at least 80 mph. If I slowed down a bit, I was likely to get run off the road. Need to merge? Too bad. Turning signals? Forget about it. To be fair, it was one of my first times driving in a big city, but one I will always remember.

Mislabeled Medication

Have you ever taken your usual prescription allergy medication and found your heart rate and blood pressure skyrocketing? What about your daily cholesterol pill causing extreme dizziness and lack of coordination? Or how about when your magic pill does not produce its usual effect? We're not talking about placebos here. Prescription medications can get mixed up or mislabeled, and the results can prove disastrous.

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