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Food and Drug Administration recalls are a reminder to consumers

Many people here in Ohio and across the country take prescription and over-the-counter medications that they believe to be safe. The Food and Drug Administration recalled two of those drugs prescribed for high blood pressure this year. The fact that these recalls affected a large number of people created an opportunity to remind consumers what to do if a recall is issued or they suffer ill effects from a medication.

In many instances, the recall does not pose any serious health threats to consumers. They are due to defective or misleading packaging or labels, mislabeled medications or contaminated ingredients. Even though these types of issues could affect the health of a consumer, they are ordinarily not life threatening.

Emergency vehicles sometimes cause fatal car accidents

People rely on Ohio's emergency responders to protect them, tend to their wounds and save their lives. The problem is that sometimes, the emergency responders are the ones that create the danger those innocent people face. Emergency vehicles sometimes cause car accidents on route to calls, and some of them are fatal.

Back in Nov. 2013, a woman's vehicle was in or entering an intersection when an emergency vehicle entered the intersection at the same time. The two vehicles collided. The woman ended up passing away due to the injuries she suffered in that crash. Her son alleged that the fire truck did not have its lights or sirens on when it entered the intersection and filed a wrongful death claim against the city of Columbus.

More than 4,000 cases against Roundup are upcoming

The first verdict to decide whether Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup was the cause of cancer proved to be significant: In August, a California jury awarded 46-year-old groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson about $39 million in compensatory damages and a whopping $250 million in punitive damages.

The jury agreed with Johnson’s attorneys that Monsanto ignored experts’ warnings that the weed killer containing glyphosate was dangerous, that they actively sought out favorable scientific analysis and encouraged research on continued usage.

Government plan hopes to reduce opioid drug injuries

Last year, the federal government announced that the addiction and abuse of opioids had reached epidemic and dangerous proportions across the nation, including here in Ohio. In an attempt to combat this crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created a strategy involving five key points. Whether the plan actually reduces the number of drug injuries from these narcotics remains to be seen.

The plan involved the agency distributing $800 million in grants in 2017 for use in the prevention, support, treatment and recovery of opioid addictions. Of course, anyone who suffers from an addiction to these drugs can tell others that is only part of the battle. Doctors prescribe many of these drugs for pain after an injury. Even if they are the most effective treatment, is the potential for addiction and abuse worth it?

The wreckage tells the story in some vehicle accidents

They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words. That may not be truer than in some vehicle accidents. The state of the wreckage can often tell the story regarding what happened to the occupants of the vehicles involved.

For example, Ohio 41 became the scene of a horrific crash on a recent Thursday evening. Witnesses say that the driver of one of the vehicles involved was careening past several vehicles on the paved berm of the right side of the westbound lanes. At around 6:25 p.m., the driver of that vehicle lost control of it. The vehicle then flew into the oncoming lanes of travel where the unsuspecting driver of a van heading eastbound was unable to avoid colliding with the out-of-control car.

Will instances of asbestos exposure increase in the near future?

It appears that many environmental regulations enacted in the last decade or so are being rolled back by the current administration. Some sources say that this will increase the amount of harmful pollution that ordinary people, such as residents here in Ohio, could be exposed to as a result. It was hoped that the instances of asbestos exposure were decreasing significantly, but that could change.

The U.S. International Trade Commission reports that in July 13 metric tons of asbestos were imported. That number increased to 272 metric tons in August. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization says that is a 2,000 percent increase in just one month. The use of this toxic substance had been on a decline since the 1980s due to its carcinogenic properties, but that may be changing.

Mechanical issues, vehicle accidents and fatalities

There are few reasons motorists would stop on a highway, interstate or turnpike, and most of them are what they would consider emergencies. Mechanical issues probably top that list. The problem is that car trouble can lead to serious vehicle accidents, mostly due to the speeds at which the other traffic travels on these types of roadways. Impacts are more severe, which makes the people involved more vulnerable to severe or fatal injuries.

On a recent Monday night at about 9:40 p.m., Ohio State Highway Patrol officers responded to a three-vehicle crash on the Ohio Turnpike. Preliminary reports indicate that one vehicle had stopped, but was not completely on the shoulder. The 36-year-old driver of a second vehicle put on his vehicle's emergency flashers and pulled over to see whether he could help.

Food and Drug Administration failed to recall tainted supplements

Many Ohio residents turn to dietary supplements with the specific intention of avoiding pharmaceutical drugs. For whatever reason, they use what they believe to be more natural and healthier alternatives, believing they are doing what is best for their health. Sadly, this may not be the case since the Food and Drug Administration failed to recall dietary supplements with undisclosed pharmaceutical ingredients that could cause serious health repercussions for consumers.

Research indicates that the FDA only forced or issued recalls for less than half of the supplements tainted by unapproved drugs. For example, some weight loss supplements contained an ingredient banned here in the United States. Certain supposedly natural sex supplements contained the primary ingredient in Viagra, which requires a prescription. Some muscle building products contain steroid-like or synthetic steroid ingredients. In some cases, at least two unapproved drugs were found.

Car accidents are often worse when 18-wheelers are involved

Many factors can influence the force of an impact. For instance, the size and weight of the vehicles plays a role, especially if one of the vehicles is much larger than the other. Car accidents tend to be worse when one vehicle is an 18-wheeler and the other is a passenger vehicle.

The impact in a recent crash ended with several people suffering serious injuries, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Two of the four people involved suffered critical injuries. The accident occurred on Interstate 71. A big rig headed north on the highway swerved to the left for some reason. When it did, it struck a passenger vehicle.

Is there ever a time when asbestos exposure is safe?

Perhaps the only time is when it is not airborne. The only asbestos exposure that may not be dangerous to the health of Ohio residents might be when it is not exposed. Otherwise, this potential killer silently waits to be exposed to air where it can be inhaled and ingested.

Something as simple as a broken floor or ceiling tile could put an individual's life in danger. However, if that same tile remains intact, it (probably) poses no danger to anyone. When asbestos is at its most deadly, it is said to be "friable." This means that it is in a state in which it becomes airborne such as when it is sprayed or crumbled or otherwise open to the air.

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