Freinds, as you know I work on the end where people abuse their medications and not for the acetamenophen but the narcotics. The problem seems to lie in two areas of abuse. The first being people that are taking either more prescript
ion meds than they should or a combination of prescript
ion meds and OTC which leads to an excess of the acetamenophen which causes liver damage. That is a real concern. The other issue is the number of people that are misusing prescript
ion drugs and the elevated level of acetamenophen simply because they are looking for a high. I am not sure what the figure is as I have seen two seperate reports one shows 14 million Americans are in that class of misuing drugs. The other figure is as high as 50 million. When it is viewed from that perspective it is a major problem. Those who are using illegal drugs amount to about
20 million Americans. I believe the problem lies not with people who need the meds and take them responsibly. It lies with the major problem of those who are abusing the prescript
ion drugs. Our government has proven that they are not that effective dealing with the drug problem. Simply making them harder to get, taking some off the market or even substituting others is not dealing with the problem. That is the only way it seems that the powers to be know how to address the problem. There will always be those who misuse or abuse their medications. Unfortunately that is the sad part. But when they take the steps that end up hurting the people that depend on the medications to function, work and have some level of life that is possitive, they need to look at other ways of dealing with the problem. I personally don't have a problem with them taking the acetamenophen out of the medications but from many peoples view, decision makes, that does not address the issue with the 15 or 50 million who are taking the meds to get high and taking the meds off the market is their attempt to deal with the problem. That seems the main way they have tried to deal with these kinds of problems. There is an old saying that insanity is doing the same thing the same way and expecting different results.