Massive response to #BCMustFall article

2017-02-15 06:01
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LAST week’s article in Maritzburg Fever titled “#BCMustFall” made history on social media after being shared over 900 times with over 150 comments from concerned community members showing their support of the removal of BronCleer from Royal Hospital Pharmacy.

Many comments expressed residents’ concern about the use of the cough mixture as a way for the young to get high, others expressed their shock over the fact that this was a problem in the community.

Many also mentioned that they had seen empty bottles of BronCleer strewn all over city streets, but never knew what or why this was the case.

Merle Williams, who began the “#BCMustFall – our kids must rise” online petition was overwhelmed by the response from the community.

“I am deeply moved and humbled by the response to last week’s article with 905 shares when I last checked.

“I am also saddened by some of the young people’s responses, especially those who find it amusing. I received numerous calls at my workplace from parents who are pleased that I have taken a stand.

“One mother was very emotional and shared her son’s codeine addiction and experience with me. I remain committed to the cause and I will continue the fight. A placard demonstration is on the cards ... to be held at pharmacies that continue to aid our children’s addictions,” said Williams.

Geraldine Van Wyk How do kids even know how to use these products as drugs?? I am an adult and this has not even crossed my mind!! Very worrying.

Rae-lyn Hammond To them there is nothing wrong with drinking the stuff because it’s cough mixture ...they aren’t even afraid to say they drink it.... Because “it’s not a drug”

Allen Gerald Carpede Well done this thing is really getting out of hand & it is not only a problem in Woodlands but also a problem in Eastwood

Kevin Louis Protect our kids...protect our future!!

Joan De Vries Mahomed Well done. Problem in Eastwood as well. In the vicinity of Eastwood supermarket, bottles strewn all over. Who is selling this to our children?? As parents and residents we need to put a stop to it.

Sabiha Abbubakar Thank you for standing up for our children we will support you

Moreen Isaacs Proud of you Merle. EVERY Kind of cough medicine should only be made available on prescription only, and identification should be requested even if Adults have prescriptions especially for babies and children. This will enable pharmacists to monitor how many times this product is being prescribed.

Odelle Andrea Vd Merwe They should not let under 18s buy medication the same way they do with cigarettes. Adults must go get their own medication or ask another adult to get it

Shazia Pixie Akoo We stopped selling them completely or we ask them for doctors scripts...and it’s not only the young kids that have this addiction it’s the elderly people too...anything with codeine is now becoming an issue for pharmacies to sell

Santie O’Connell I didn’t even know that school children are allowed to buy medication.

Mfundo Pearl Mkhize This has been going on for years in PMB.....I know a particular pharmacy which opens till late and sell the med....they buy 3-4 bottles each at a time especially at night. This has bothered me a lot. Thank you for taking the stand!!

Noninzi Nonny Mngoma I have noticed those bottles on the streets myself and have heard about its use as a drug, well done We need more of your character

Zama Nxumalo I think they should have age restrictions on purchasing medicines with codeine just as in alcohol because then if they stop the selling of theses medicines we suffer the most when faced with the flue and colds. In fact they have stopped giving out cough syrup at the woodlands clinic, I suspect because of the this frightening trend. If u have a bad cough they give u some Pando (don’t know how that helps) and they give u some antibiotics (and doctors and nurses argue about the use of antibiotics with flu).I love rap music I really do but truth be told its messing up our children

Elise Neizel What they do to get drugs and then some kids are not even ashamed to remark on this. Well done. At least there is someone that is looking out for all our children. I hope other pharmacies take note.

Leeànne Steele Thank you for taking the stand our kids need help it’s also the music that they listen to. BC MUST FALL. Lord help our kids, government, communities and parents to stand for their kids no matter what the struggle god is in the boat with us.

Jay Mota Novac True future chemists but wasting their lives getting high.


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