Thank you pharmer.org! A mother is able to identify a pill...
As an information professional who is prescribed anti-axiety and sleeping aids, and who lacks health insurance, I have visited this site for years as a guest, and watched it blossom with the recent web site upgrade (LOVE that tagcloud!). I am often questioned by friends and family about reliable sources for anything from Senate Bills under consideration, to literary criticism to music. Recently, a friend and concerned parent found a pill in her minor child's room. Unfortunately, as many of us know, "pharms" have become a big trend in schools. I know of a teenager who bought a "grab bag" at school for $10. You get a bag of pills and you take your chances. Fun, right?
He took one pill which turned out to be a mild opiate (the rest were uppers, including [filtered word], and OTC laxatives, which thankfully he, by luck of the draw, did NOT take). One girl popped her whole bag at school and wound up in the hospital. The boy said it was the first time in years he didn't get yelled at for his disruptive behavior in class. (Obviously, if this is the case, he needs proper attention and supervised treatment for the problem). Back to my thanks. My friend needed to quickly find out what this pill was before confronting her child. Being able to identify by COLOR made the process quick and easy. It was an OTC med; turns out the kid didn't know this, and confessed to having bought it thinking it was something else. Still, my friend was able to open an honest and non-confrontational conversation with her child about these issues... and it started here. And she knows where to go when she needs to answer these questions (not sure if she gave her child this site... LOL!) I personally DID decide to teach the teenager, with whom I am closer, how to identify pills. If he ever decides to dabble in this again, and I hope he doesn't, I want him to be the kid who knows how to find out what's in that bag.
Anyway thank you, especially to the routine posters here who provide a safe, reliable, and for the most part judgement-free atmosphere for discussing medications. It is truly appreciated.