According to TimesOfIndia.com, doctors in Mumbai found perforations in a 16-year-old’s stomach, due to painkiller abuse. The teenager had been abusing painkillers for stomach and back pain, and he had been taking one brand of painkillers 4-5 times a day since January. He ended up in the hospital with debilitating stomach pain when the doctors found the holes. They performed a complicated surgery, using layers of fat from his abdomen to cover the perforations.
Mumbai officials claim that more and more youth are self-medicating and abusing painkillers, and many are unaware of their dangers. According to doctors, the 16-year-old had ulcers, and the use of painkillers cause them to erupt. Instead of consulting with doctors, he began experimenting with various over-the-counter painkillers available in India. He claims to have quickly become “addicted,” not realizing the toll it would take on his body. Doctors have seen a rise in such cases, and they attribute it to the availability of such drugs. Also, taking these drugs with an empty stomach, or not enough water can lead to more problems.