Young people have stolen paracetamol from pharmacies and shops in Swansea, and a warning has been issued of the potential dangers.
Swansea Council has written a letter to parents and guardians alerting them to the reported activity, which has seen underage children and adolescents in the town stealing large numbers of common drugs from pharmacies and stores.
In light of the worrying trend, information has been published on the dangers of exceeding the maximum dose and advice on what to do if you think your child has.
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The letter read: âWe are raising awareness of incidents where paracetamol has been reported to be bought / stolen from shops and pharmacies by children and minors in the Swansea area.
âConcerns have been expressed about the amount of boxes stolen / sold. Paracetamol is a pain reliever commonly used to treat aches and pains. Taking too much paracetamol, known as overdose, is very dangerous.
“If you take more than the maximum recommended dose, go to the nearest emergency and accident department as soon as possible. Some people feel sick, vomit, or have abdominal pain after taking too much paracetamol, but often there are no obvious symptoms of Go to A&E even if you feel well.
The ongoing pandemic has been very difficult for almost everyone and, unsurprisingly, has led some people to see an impact on their mental health and well-being.
The Samaritans have assembled a series of tips for taking care of your mental health right now, with their experts suggesting the following strategies:
- Take the time to devote to something you love, whether it’s settling in with your favorite movie, heading to your local park, or participating in any of your hobbies or interests.
- Take a break from the news and social media to take time away from screens and devices
- Set realistic goals for the day or week ahead and eventually break down the things you need to do into a smaller to-do list
- Try relaxation exercises like controlled breathing or muscle relaxation
- Enjoying nature, whether thatâs leaving the house or opening the curtains and blinds to let in natural light. Plants and flowers can also help
- Exercise Can Help Reduce Anxiety
- Talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you are feeling
There is help available if you need it
Cymru spirit The infoline is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To contact them, call 0300 123 3393.
Samaritans offers a 24-hour listening service at 116 123 (in the UK and Republic of Ireland this number is FREE and will not appear on your phone bill).
TO CALL (Community Advice & Listening Line) offers emotional support and information / literature on mental health and related issues to residents of Wales and can be contacted on 0800 132 737 or through the website.
The NHS offers help and advice through its 111 service.
“If a parent / guardian encounters a child who may have taken more paracetamol than recommended, medical help should be sought immediately.”
Pharmaceutical agency Barod said it was aware of the incidents and was assisting the board of health and counseling. If you need agency support or advice, Click here for more information.
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