Have you heard of the cautionary tales of Donna Bishop, the woman who overdosed after taking self medicated drugs? Or the tales of the millions of people who are addicted to pain killers? What about the story of people becoming addicted to cough medicine?

To clear things up, Donna Bishop’s sad story is not a cautionary tale but an unfortunately event. According to the www.dailymail.co.uk Miss Bishop, after feeling poorly took Paracetamol pills then drunk a cup of Lemsip. Also though it may seem impossible, but a lot of people in Britain and all around the world are addicted to pain killers, and it also seems that we have become a nations that have become so depend on over the counter medication that we do not see the dangers that we put ourselves in from time to time. There are a few questions that need to be asked, such as, can we live without modern medicines such as pain killers or have we become so dependent on them that we can not live with out them? And do we need to look out for legal drugs as much as illegal ones when some individuals abuse them so much? And have our dependence on medicine blind us to the dangers that come with taking pills and other medication?

Scientists have explained that there are certain ingredients in pain killers and cough medicines that can actually be quite addictive, if taken in a large doses or frequently. This ingredients are called Condiene also known as Promethazine which can be found in paracetamol pain killers such as Nurofen and other helpful over the counter products. While this is a major factor of what is opened to us, another is whether or not we have gotten to a point where we don’t think about the consequences of not taking the right dose. Normally we all take, when we have a headache, two tablets in a day then our headache goes away, this isn’t the same for Chris Carlsson, a 25-year-old Student, who has had chronic headaches since he was 13 years old. He has at least 5 different kinds of medications. One to help with his pain which he takes twice daily, an over the counter brand, another morphine like which has a side effects, therefore he has to take another set of pills to deal with the side effects and a vitamin pill every day to help keep the other 4 under control. He comments that he could live with taking his meds but it would be rather painful while others might not be so lucky. He thinks that a normal headache is caused by many reasons and that we should try alternatives before finally using over the counter medicines. “Some medication we can’t live without, we shouldn’t take too many, but we use it within reason. It is the reason why we have them.” Goes on to comment that, “ We need to watch out for everything in the topic of drug abuse and accidental overdose. We need to look at what we are taking, read the instructions if you’re not sure, it is really hard to OD if you’ve read the label properly.”

I don’t think that we have been blinded by our dependence, those who know how to take meds take them properly and those who aren’t really use to it or haven’t been taught how to use it are the ones that might be blinded by it and put themselves in danger.”

It seems that there are many alternative medicine to our conventional medicines. Home made remedies are equally advised while searching for help sites online. Acupuncture, herbs, vitamins and minerals, according to the online side MayoClinic, offer some relief to those who are suffering from headaches. For those who don’t want to rely on modern medicine to help them get rid of a cold do it the ‘natural’ way. While searching the web for experts and alternative remedies, a website called Web MD, gave clear and helpful hints on how to get rid of a cold. From drinking plenty of liquids to how to steer away from getting a sore throat. These websites as well as a quick visit to your local GP should help you feel better in no time. 

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