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Prescription drug overdose
August 1, 2012
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Tcross22
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Purdue Pharma recently announced it is conducting clinical trials on OxyContin in children. Immediately some have criticized, suggesting that the exposure to opioids at an early age will inevitably lead to addiction later in life. The larger issue that was missed is that there are times opioids are necessary for children. Children in intensive care units, emergency rooms, post operatively or in rehab often require strong analgesics. These are children with cancer, with severe burns, with sickle cell anemia or other conditions. It would be cruel and inhumane to leave children untreated who experience extraordinary amounts of pain. Of course opioids should not be the first line of therapy if an alternative is available, but they may be the only way to provide relief. So the question is not whether opioids should be used in children but rather how to use them safely when they are necessary. The only way we can know how to safely use medications in children is if they are studied in children. Science should inform patient safety.

August 1, 2012
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When opioid s are monitored in a hospital setting or given for terminal illness within a facility, there really is no discussion in my opinion concerning addiction. In post-operative situations patients do not continually receive painkillers. They are gradually weaned off morphine, etc. The majority of physicians practicing today would not just prescribe narcotics randomly for pain, particularly in the case of a child. Once again, addiction is possible for every human being to any substance. The substance abuse is just a symptom of a much deeper problem. I feel that we should leave the management of pain in the hospital to the staff (doctors). After all, that is why they go to medical school is it not? Should children suffer endlessly in pain if they are in hospital & are terminally ill? Why? Because adults make idiotic decisions?

June 6, 2013
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This is a very situation where children's are the sufferer's. As you told above, the main concern is not whether opioids should be used in children but rather how to use them safely when they are necessary.It's a matter of life & death of a child if it is applicable without taking prior precautions.

I think, the doctors & the nurses should be properly trained to take care of the small babies at any cost, to avoid any serious conditions such as drug overdose.

June 6, 2013
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There is always a risk with narcotics, even in small children of addiction.  In premature births, the preemie is sometimes given caffeine to stop spells when he or she is not saturating enough oxygen.   Likely there are studies involving the long term effects of these procedures.  Every pill, every procedure involves potential risk, but Doctors carefully try to weigh the benefits over the possible side effects.  Medicine has come very far, but still there is plenty to learn & sometimes only time can be the teacher of long term effects.  After all we are only just human beings, whether we are nurses, Doctors, technicians, therapists.  We can only keep trying to heal by various means when we have people that are ill.

 

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January 9, 2014
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Yes of course the doctors and nurses must take care of childern and make sure that do not suffer from this kind of bad circumstances.....because it is question of life so doctors should need to take personal interest and also make sure that the dose of medicine receive in proper manner to childern.

December 8, 2014
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