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Pain relievers or pain receivers?

Advil and Tylenol are the two most commonly used pain relievers in the market.
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Advil and Tylenol are the two most commonly used pain relievers in the market. Photo provided by https://www.wsj.com/articles/advil-vs-tylenol-which-to-use-and-when-1431364490

Advil and Tylenol are the two most commonly used pain relievers in the market. Photo provided by https://www.wsj.com/articles/advil-vs-tylenol-which-to-use-and-when-1431364490

Advil and Tylenol are the two most commonly used pain relievers in the market. Photo provided by https://www.wsj.com/articles/advil-vs-tylenol-which-to-use-and-when-1431364490

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If students have a headache and are experiencing physical discomfort should they be allowed to bring and take pain reliever medicine during school?

     With AP and IB classes moderate to severe headaches are common among many high school students. When it comes to finding solution, many students turn to an easy fix and take pain relievers–such as Tylenol and Advil, to help deal with headaches and other physical discomfort. The school, however, does not permit the bringing or use of pain reliever medication. The school does not allow the use of pain relief medication because of the fear that students will bring other drugs such as prescriptions medication into the school. The fear is that students will take or distribute these substances.

     However, is that fear a big enough concern to completely justify the school not allowing use of pain relievers?

     The alternative for most students is to deal with the pain without any sort of medicine, however, some students decide to bring it either way because the pain is sometime too much to bear.

     “Although I am aware that the school has a policy prohibiting bringing medicine into the building, I do it either way. Sometimes I get really bad headaches and taking medicine is only thing that helps” said an anonymous source.

     There are other alternative to the use of pain relievers that students could use as a substitute to taking medication such as ibuprofen. Some of theses “alternatives” include drinking more water, meditation, and exercise. Although it is true that these solutions could potentially help better the condition of a student dealing with physical discomfort, is a student really going to start meditating during class or go on a run before taking a test. Headaches and body discomforts comes to us all of the time and there isn’t always time to address it.

     “That phrase ‘alternative pain treatments’ doesn’t mean much to me,” said Seddon R. Savage, MD, incoming president of the American Pain Society.

     He added, “I think the line between them and mainstream treatment is pretty blurry now.” * Savage, MD, is referring to how not all alternative pain medications works. Especially in high school, many girls experience menstrual cramps, that can lead to severe discomfort.

     “It’s a basic rule that you need to eat before you take pain medication and normally I don’t have time to eat breakfast in the mornings, so if and when I get cramps during school, I eat lunch before I take a Tylenol. If I’m not allowed to bring pain medication to school, how can I take a Tylenol before school and wait until my lunch period, making me feel even worse than before because now my stomach hurts,” said an anonymous source.

     Pain reliever medication when used appropriately can be extremely helpful to students, rather it be for a slight headache, or severe body pain, it is very useful to many looking for a easy fix, and the school administration should work on changing this policy for the convenience of students.

Sources:

*https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/features/alternative-treatments#1

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