ALARMING: In Serbia some elderly people trying to escape starvation by medicating themselves into hibernation

Serbian FBReporter in English

Dr Dejan Zujovic: Some time ago, when I was practicing family medicine at “Old Convention Centre” at Belgrade, I noticed one very old lady. She was around 80 and frequently she asked me to prescribe her a painkiller named “Trodon” (Tramadol?). I suspected that she was reselling this powerful painkiller to local drug addicts, in order to survive. One day I confronted her by saying “OK grandma I will write you this medication, but you have to tell me what you are using it for?” She started right away telling me her story “My son, in the morning when I wake up I drink two pills, then I go back to bed and I fall asleep immediately. This way I save on electrical power because I don’t need the heating when I pass out, in same time I save on food because this way I skip my…

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