Lucy Pallot, 25, from Bairnsdale Victoria claims she had never experienced the lows of depression and anxiety until she started taking prescription pain medications.
Ms. Pallot, along with an increasing number of health professionals, is now questioning whether prescription pain medications ares being incorrectly prescribed in regional parts of Australia to compensate for inadequate specialist health care. In 2017, Ms. Pallot was working in a beauty salon in Melbourne when she went to a doctor complaining of restless legs.
“The doctor who prescribed it to me didn’t do any tests,” Ms. Pallot told ABC. “She just said ‘Take this, it will help you sleep.’ [It was as if the doctor said] medicate yourself, and if it gets worse, have more.”
Over a period of time, Ms. Pallot increased her daily dose from 25 milligrams to 250, and within eight months she was addicted and critically ill. She suffered blurred vision, had the heart rate of an 80-year-old and weighed only 49 kilograms.
“I ended up losing about 35 kilograms in three months and I was put in hospital for about four to five weeks in ICU in Melbourne because I had anorexia,” Ms. Pallot said. “I thought it was safe.They didn’t tell me what was in it,” she added.
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