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Jason Burke, MD
Education is a key component of JasonBurkeMD.org. There is an enormous amount of information available to consumers that encourage abstinence from alcohol consumption and recreational substance usage. This message is often accompanied by sensational photos that graphically depict the negative impact alcohol and recreational substances can have on your health. However, there is a dearth of information about how one can mitigate the complications of activities involving alcohol and recreational substances.
While we do not condone or encourage the use of these substances, we feel it necessary to inform consumers about their effects. In addition, we wish to educate minors about the impact of these substances on various segments of their lives. Our programs demonstrate how poor decisions in alcohol and drug consumption can have lasting and damaging consequences.
For more information on our programs, please contact Vera Alexander: vera@jasonburkemd.
Pharmacology – the study of how drugs work in the body – will be a major component of the research and education components of the organization. Probably the most important issue for young people who are using alcohol and/or recreational drugs is the dangers of mixing substances. In medicine, we call patients who are on multiple medications “Polypharmacy.” For this situation, we can call it Recreational Polypharmacy, or “RP.” There are numerous instances of deaths from RP. Prime examples are Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson. Many young people mix medications with little knowledge or experience. Much of this mixing occurs in an already intoxicated state, which can easily lead to bad decisions. There is very little room for error in these situations, as just a small dose of a volatile drug can stop a person’s breathing.
To explain this further, JasonBurkeMD.org will start a series of posts that will help educate youth and adults about the dangers of RP.