In an age where every other commercial is touting the benefits of some prescription medication or other, it’s hard for some people to resist the lure of a product that will presumably make their life better. Celebrities are no exception. How much is too much, however, and who is to blame when a prescription drug is misused?
Joining the unfortunate ranks of those that were taken from us too soon by a prescription drug overdose, amongst the likes of Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger and Brittany Murphy, is Greg Giraldo, who died very recently from an (according to reports) accidental overdose. In most of these cases, it has remained unclear as to whether the prescription medication was misused, abused, or prescribed incorrectly. Since these are only the publicized cases, it’s a scary thought as to how many people die per year from an accidental prescription medication overdose.
So who should be the one responsible? Should it be the doctors prescribing the medication? Should it be the pharmacist that fills the prescription? Or should we take our own health into our hands and do the research ourselves? None can be depended on completely, and the three combined may not even be enough when unknown circumstances are factored in.
It would seem that the best way to avoid this situation would be to avoid prescription medication completely, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. In those cases, make sure you thoroughly research the product that you’ve been prescribed. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist in depth about the medication and any other medication you may be taking. Make sure you don’t abuse the product, accidentally or otherwise, and don’t take anything you don’t absolutely need. When taken correctly, prescription medications can be life savers, so safeguard yourself, and use them in good health.