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Prescription Opioid Deaths: A Preventable Epidemic

Janet L. Cobb

 The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Volume 8, Issue 7, July–Aug 2012, pE13-E14

British author Roald Dahl's children's classic Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator,1 published in 1972, contains a prescient tale of the unintended consequences of medicine misuse. In a 134-line rollicking poem, Dahl describes the unfortunate but predictable fate of 7-year-old Goldie Pinklesweet, who gobbled up all of her grandmother's chocolate-covered laxatives when left unattended. Dahl's cautionary tale concludes with advice to refrain from availing oneself of items found on the medicine shelf

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