Over-the-counter medication addiction

2015-07-29 06:00

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MANY illegal street drugs were at one time used or prescribed by doctors or psychiatrists, but were later banned when evidence of their harmful effects could no longer be ignored.

Abuse of prescription drugs can be even riskier than the abuse of illegally manufactured drugs.

Tens of thousands of South Africans are addicted to over- the-counter painkillers and sedatives.

One of the most commonly abused legal drugs at the moment are headache powders. The dangerous part is that they are easily available.

Many addictive drugs normally have one active ingredient which causes the person to become addicted to the drug, for example, whoonga’s addictive ingredient is heroin (a low form), but with Grandpa headache powders – there are three addictive ingredients - aspirin, paracetamol and caffeine.

Grandpa is useful and effective for the relief of pain, but misusing it can lead to fatal dangers. It attacks the lining of the stomach and the more Grandpa headache powders you take. the more you are prone to getting a headache.

The best way to deal with the problem is not via self- medication – rather have a proper diagnosis of the cause and have it treated the correct way.

Remember - addiction is when you cannot cope or function without the use of a drug.

Drugs can be legal and illegal.

• Bianca Holman is the founder and CEO of Against Substance Abuse

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