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Issste program against the TikTok clonazepam challenge is spreading

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· Through social networks, internal communication and a center for Information and toxicological care, remote advice is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to medical units.

Mexico City, March 2, 2023.- The Institute of Security and Social Service for Public Workers (Issste) has introduced “Caution. Careful with infodemic: clonazepam, within the framework of the institutional plan “Primero pensada” aimed at promoting safety, self-care and timely detection of dangerous behavior, he informed the general director Pedro Zenteno Santaella.

From recent publications in social networks about the challenge called Whoever sleeps, finally wins, practiced by girls, boys and adolescents, which involves the controlled drug clonazepam without medical supervision, the head of the ISSSTE warned that it poses a risk to their health. who had inadvertently taken it, reported it in the announcement.

The medical director, Ramiro López Elizalde, explained that the activities of this ISSSTE program are disseminated through social networks and internal institutional communication channels, which include medical units in the three levels of treatment.

In addition, it belongs to the Comprehensive Mental Health Institute, the comprehensive management of mental health cases: Código Morado; ECOS transversal strategy for Wellbeing: Community Health Teams; and the Center for Information and Toxicological Care, located in the General Hospital of Toluca, which provides remote advice 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year to clinics and hospitals in the countryside, in response to the highest number of detected cases.

According to the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), improper consumption of clonazepam can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, coordination problems, difficulty thinking or remembering, headache, muscle or joint; and also cloudiness of the eyes, tremors, incontinence, or retention of urine, and increased saliva. The most extreme are serious breathing problems or sedation and if combined with other drugs it could cause coma

The National Head of the ISSSTE Mental Health, Lucía Ledesma Torres, highlighted that specific actions in this important matter have been carried out at the “20 de Noviembre” National Medical Center (CMN), 14 regional hospitals, 26 general hospitals, 72 clinical hospitals and first – Degree units, which provide care to associated persons, not girls, boys, youths, and youths, in order to provide the right of protection.

mental health with psychological, psychiatric, emergency care and smoking cessation services, timely detection of addictions and behavioral risks associated with a program focused on clonazepam abuse.

Among the methods of treatment, intoxication due to substance use stands out; among them psychotropic drugs.

When “Caution. Carefully with infodemics: clonazepam” and, according to the data of the Código Morado, the service has been provided in more than 150 cases throughout the country; Regarding those related to intoxication by psychotropic drugs, fourteen cases were detected and observed, seven of which were minors.

He pointed out that at the end of 2021 the Medical Directorate will implement Operational Guide number 20 for the comprehensive management of mental health cases: The Purple Code, which has more than 140 mental health hospitalization rooms in the ISSSTE hospital. network, in which until December 2022, 1,450 patients were treated.

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