“There’s a Bogeyman under my bed mom,” the 6-year-old child tells his mom in a terrified voice as he enters his parents’ bedroom at 11 in the night.
Who knew that the actual bogeyman wasn’t under the bed. Instead the medicine tablets in the first aid box that replaced many of the vitamins and nutrition’s found in healthy food.
A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down
A child is not even three when he tastes his first medicine. Whether it be in the form of syrup, gummies or bunties. Medicines have become a form of substitute in most cases. Instead of nourishing kids with healthy food such as eggs, milk, oatmeal, chicken, spinach, carrots, fruits, and yogurt. They are now being fed its substitute which is worse than the freaks by the bogeyman under the bed. Medicines such as Panadol, Brufen, Paracetamol, Arinac have taken over. Due to these medicines, the mortality rate in children has increased. Since mothers are continuously feeding children medicines faster than they can eat just so they stay healthy. However, they are unknown to the fact that these medicines are after all medicines and not food. Therefore, they have their own side effects such as a rash.
Did You Know?
• Prescriptions of unnecessary medication are a big reason for child mortality
• The annual expenditure on drugs in Pakistan was the US $547 million in 1990, of which 120 million were on the antibiotic. If that were the case, then imagine what the expenditure would be now?
• People can become addict to medicines, as at the end of the day they are still a sort of drugs.
Different types of addicts
There are different types of addict’s: smokers, drugs, and the newest one medicine addict. Therefore, it is important to always consult your doctor before taking any medicine. Since these are taken to finish the side effects of the fast foods that are had on a daily basis by individuals. Although fast foods are considered in replacement of actual foods they are just fast killers. As these build a toxic called AGEs (Advanced glycation end product) therefore these worsen diseases such as diabetes. As they build tissues and damage various parts of the body such as the brain. These unnatural highs in calories food harms the body just as much as smoking does. This is an unknown fact, unlike the fact about cigarettes. Therefore, fast foods are the big corresponding thing in causing cancer.
• There are seven million drug addicts in Pakistan from them there are 3 million of those who use medicines without prescriptions.
• The number of drug addict deaths are greater than the ones caused by terrorism.
5.8% of the people that is (6.45 million) ages 15-65 are mostly visiting the doctor for a medicine or using tablets for non-medical purposes. Not realizing that a medicine error, wrong prescriptions, self-medication or drug overdose can cause death. A number of 500,000 children and women die annually due to this. Mr. Sheik a senior pharmacist estimated that around 400,000 to 500,000 people die in Pakistan. As they do the wrong administration of medicines. He also said that “These lives can be saved by adopting international practices vis-à-vis drug safety.” However, even though Sindh has recently gotten a lot of pharmacists, in their hospitals who are using their skills. The general public continues to suffer as there are shops that are selling medicines at a cheaper rate. As the general public can’t afford the expensive medicine the opt for the cheap ones and these drugs are problematic.
To save the life it is important for us as the educated sector to spread awareness about problematic medicines. In a developing country such as Pakistan, it is important to have health awareness campaigns. Which informs people about drug overdose and why they shouldn’t be dependent on medicines for their lives. Healthy food and a healthy diet should be more prioritized and ways how to avoid medicines should be shown.