Drug education should be expanded
RE: Pot isn’t safe for the young (May 15)
“Honest education,” John Roe says, “is the best way forward.” Right-on, John!
Furthermore, your suggestion should apply to prescribed drugs, not only to pot.
Our adult daughter died in 1999 of a self-administered overdose of Percoset, which she had been prescribed for pain. We were not told, from that day to this, that Percoset is an addictive opioid that should be taken only under close supervision. Our “education” in these critical matters has been entirely self-education, all of it too late.
Health care professionals in recent years have been taking a more active part in educating and following up clients’ prescriptions. This trend needs to be formalized and made a mandatory part of every prescription. The current wordy, disorganized, confusing pamphlets do not serve. In the specific case of Percoset, as a minimum the client should be told in writing something like: “Percoset is prescribed for pain relief. It is an addictive opioid (an opium derivative) and must be taken only under close supervision and as directed.” If we’d had anything like this kind of warning in 1999, our daughter very possibly would still be with us. Frank Gue, Burlington