The Oklahoma Ivermectin Crisis – What’s Really Going On And How Bad It Is?

The Oklahoma Ivermectin Crisis – What’s Really Going On And How Bad It Is?

A doctor from a rural region of Oklahoma claims that the amount of people overdosing on ivermectin, horse medication used against worms is so high that emergency rooms are working at full capacity.

The situation is so bad that people who got to the ER with gunshot wounds must wait in line to get medical attention, according to Dr. Jason McElyea, an ER physician working with numerous hospitals in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

McElyea had a talk with local news channel KFOR-TV regarding the risks involved by overdosing on ivermectin, a medicine made for livestock.

He stated that rural Oklahoma hospitals are crowded with people who began using the horse medicine after hearing fake rumors regarding its alleged effectiveness against COVID.

“The ERs are so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting to facilities where they can get definitive care and be treated. All of their ambulances are stuck at the hospital waiting for a bed to open so they can take the patient in, and they don’t have any, that’s it. If there’s no ambulance to take the call, there’s no ambulance to come to the call,” said McElyea.

It’s more alarming that, according to McElyea, numerous patients didn’t have a problem with consuming the horse de-wormer because they were familiar with it.

He mentioned that it makes sense that folks who grew up in a rural area or a small town have more or less accidentally been exposed to ivermectin at least once in their lifetime, which is why the patients may be so familiar with it.

He believes that some accidental sticks from attempting to inoculate cattle made residents less afraid of the drug.

Unfortunately, McElyea added that the individuals are experiencing severe ramifications from taking high quantities of ivermectin, which are otherwise meant for a full-sized horse.

Symptoms include vision loss, vomiting, and nausea.

Ironically, McElyea says that those who are taking significant amounts of ivermectin are putting themselves in more grave danger than if they’d caught COVID.

You should never attempt to use strong medication without a medic prescribing it, especially if that medication is meant for livestock!

Asheley Rice

I am a pop culture and social media expert. Aside from writing about the latest news health, I also enjoy pop culture and Yoga. I have BA in American Cultural Studies and currently enrolled in a Mass-Media MA program. I like to spend my spring breaks volunteering overseas.

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