Survival Medicine Hour: Opioids, Respiratory Infections, More

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It’s important to realize that the majority of respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, are caused by viruses and do not improve with the use of antibiotics. Some infections of the respiratory tract are bacterial in origin, however; others are secondary infections that invade a weakened victim of a viral illness. These tend to be in the lower airways (called “bronchitis”) or in the lung tissue itself (called “pneumonia”). Find out from Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, what respiratory infections can be treated with antibiotics and which drugs are best.

Also, we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic and regulations to giving only 3-7 days of medicine at a time have decreased the number of overdoses from prescriptions opioids but have also cause users to enter the black market. This has resulted in a 10% increase in deaths from drugs purchased from cartels in Mexico and…China! Find out more about this plague that is raging like an epidemic in the United States.

Also, those medicinal herbs in Dr. Bones’ and Nurse Amy’s garden are under attack by snails! Find out about some ways to decrease the snail population in your garden with some clever traps and other items.

All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton!

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