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|Thu, 03-19-2009 - 12:56pm|
The following was posted to an equine board I post to. Can anyone help me find word of this from a reputable source? I'm not arguing that it's a bad idea to keep your meds locked up, but I kind of doubt this is really an issue:
I have posted the most pertinent excerpts to Horses but here's the whole article if you desire to read it.
Some teens in rural America are now self-inducing abortions with chemicals intended to abort livestock, reports one of the nation's oldest and most influential pro-life organizations.
The grisly situation was first exposed through the efforts of Anna Anderson, head of the Care Net Pregnancy Center in Green County, Wis., who reported the trend on the Stephenson County Right to Life website of Freeport, Ill.
Anderson reported getting numerous calls and visits to her pregnancy care center from teens who either had taken the drugs or were worried about friends who had taken them.
Cases have been documented in at least three rural Wisconsin counties, she said.
The drugs, kept on farms for management of livestock under the names Prostaglandins, Cystorelin, Factrel, Gonadorelin or Lutalyse, were being ingested orally in large quantities, even though animals are treated by injection, the alert said.
Besides resulting in the death of the unborn baby, other complications that could ensue include infections, blood loss and even death.
"If I hadn't known the woman who reported this, I wouldn't have believed it," Brown said.
But both Wisconsin and national veterinary associations have acknowledged the problem.
According to the American Animal Hospital Association warning, its state officials in Wisconsin "contacted the district school nurse, who verified that the district has received reports of this abuse."
"This situation underscores the need for veterinarians to remain vigilant about storing, distributing, prescribing and using veterinary products that can pose human health risks," the advisory said.
Anderson's warning reported she knew the practice had been going on "at least since this past summer when a young 'hired' man in our area gave a girl a medication meant to (among other uses) induce abortions in cows and horses to cause her to abort their child."
"This is a very deadly drug for fetuses," she continued. "According to a local veterinarian, pregnant women are not even supposed to handle the bottles in which it is stored unless they are wearing gloves. Needless to say this girl lost the baby. The drug consists of a high concentration of hormones so human ingestion of it is not poisonous to the girls but it is deadly to the developing fetus and has potentially deadly consequences for the girls.
"The news of this young couple's success in aborting their baby has spread through the Monroe High School and possibly elsewhere, which has resulted in other pregnant girls obtaining and consuming this drug in order to abort their unborn babies," Anderson reported.
"Some of the girls who are taking the drug are much further along in their pregnancies than the original girl. This is resulting in life-threatening complications for the pregnant girls when the drug successfully results in the placenta pulling away from the uterine wall; the baby being starved; the baby then dying; which results in spotting and uterine contractions followed by an abortion of the baby. In these more advanced pregnancies, these girls could potentially bleed to death or have a life-threatening systemic infection if the uterus is not completely emptied of the baby and other pregnancy tissues. In addition, one physician said that there could be clotting issues because of this drug."
"If this is going on at our high school, chances are that it is happening at other high schools as well – especially in rural agricultural areas. Unsuspecting parents and anyone else who might be in a position to help these girls and stop this deadly practice need to be aware of this 'drug abuse' among area teens," Anderson said.
A winter statistic:
98% of Americans say "Oh Crap" before going in the ditch on a snowy, icy road.
The other 2% are from Pennsylvania and they say "hold my beer and watch this!".