|Rx Abuse: Accident or Intentional|
They go on to claim that nearly ten percent of hospital admissions in 2008 were for prescription drug abuse; this is up from 2.2% in 1998. Pain killers were overwhelmingly the medication of choice; with hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine are the medications of choice. Interestingly, the abuse included all levels of education, employment, race, and geography.
|EVERY responder needs a guide!|
A good medication history may make the difference in your working field diagnosis. I also recommend that each responder have access to some kind of field references to identify prescription medications. My choice is the EMS Field Guides from Informed Publishing. A hard-copy pocket guide or the app for iPod/iPhone of the BLS or ALS version is the way to go (I have both on my iPod). Either way, every responder should have one...keeping a copy will help you identify medications by name and provide the insight that might just save a life. Read my review of the BLS/ILS iPod app