Opinion – Substance misuse in older people | The BMJ – John Gelmini

Development of a rational scale to assess the ...

Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse, The Lancet, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf is correct and the BMJ are wrong about their facts, as evidenced by ignoring the 70,000 people that GP’s allegedly kill each year, through mistakes of diagnosis and their inability to clear malingering and hypochondriac out of their surgeries.

Older people certainly drink more alcohol in the form of wine and beer but generally they are not consumers of recreational or hard drugs.

UK adults now consume double the global average for alcohol bested only by Lithuanians who drank the most.

The exception is the former hippies and “flower children” of the 1960s, who took LSD on sugar lumps at pop concerts and who smoked pot and never stopped, thus leaving the drugs in their brains over a period of 50 to 60 years.

These recreational drugs are the province of the young and the young unemployed and, of course, City types who snort cocaine to be fashionable and to enhance their performance at work.

The danger older adults face is over prescription by family doctors of pain killers, anti depressants (PROZAC and SEROXAT) and medicines for high blood pressure, diabetes and erectile dysfunction.

The drug problem as a whole needs to be tackled by educating people and creating circumstances whereby demand is reduced dramatically plus interdicting the demand and increasing deterrence among drug dealers.

John Gelmini

Triple-drug cocktail could conquer E coli ‘superbug’ | News in brief | Pharmaceutical Journal

Types of Escherichia coli kolicin

Types of Escherichia coli kolicin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The  Pharmaceutical Journal reports that a strain of Escherichia coli with immunity to last-resort antibiotics can be destroyed with a novel combination of three existing drugs, citing researchers at the University at Buffalo, New York.

Source: Triple-drug cocktail could conquer E coli ‘superbug’ | News in brief | Pharmaceutical Journal

It’s early days but this is important news.

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a clust...

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times. Each individual bacterium is oblong shaped. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over-prescription and less new antibiotics from Big Pharma have signalled risks of returning to the dark ages before antibiotics.

Most people have a friend or family member who goes to a public hospital for a routine procedure and picks up a nasty infection – too many die from complications.

It’s far too easy to come up against the only recommended antibiotic, often with serious side effects.

I have a friend who’s developed a serious infection following a plate inserted in his leg – he’s been in hospital for three months having three hours of intrevenous antibiotics every day,

So how should governments intervene to ensure that there are more effective antibiotics when required?

Thoughts?