Cold War radiation drug crisis repeats itself

In recent years, our world has become accustomed to different types of seizures, such as exotic fruits, graphics cards or toilet paper, but we are not used to having a seizure of drugs. Even most third world countries are equipped with basic drugs such as ibuprofen or paracetamol and have back-up resources in the event of a major crisis. However, behind the scenes of this war between Ukraine and Russia, a new crisis has slowly been created and has now caught the attention of the world.

Anti-radiation drugs have been on sale for a few years because no one really needed them, but now worldwide stocks are running out. Don’t think America doesn’t fear a nuclear war, as this crisis looms now, especially in North America. Such a crisis has not been seen since the early 1970s, when tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States reached a boiling point during the Cold War.

This period had been referred to by historians as the “nuclear winter” where the highest potential for nuclear war through the Cold War was anticipated. Scientist Carl Sagan had written an article in Parade magazineusing its popularity to raise awareness of potential nuclear war and the kind of new challenges humanity would have to face in order to survive.

Quote from Carl Sagan (Source: Parade magazine)

He insisted on potassium iodine as the best anti-radiation drug at the time for nuclear fallout poisoning that would follow after nuclear war. This caused panic around the world and many people rushed to their nearest pharmacy to buy potassium iodine or any type of anti-radiation medicine. Sagan had been strongly criticized to sow panic around the world, when his intentions were in the right place.

It is imperative to mention that it was not only Sagan but many other scientists and writers who contributed to the panic created and the anti-rad drug crisis. Taking into account the strong promotion that was happening with nuclear bunkers and other accessories that would come in handy in the event of a nuclear apocalypse, it was no wonder that supplies were already running low before a major panic occurred.

Since a large part of the economy at the time was invested in the military by most countries in the world, there was not much funding to support the production of anti-rad drugs, and there was no Nor were there any laws in place to control people from buying these drugs in bulk. If you had money, you could build yourself a house with medicine, but the problem was finding so much stock.

Potassium iodide is sold by several pharmaceutical companies around the world in various forms. There are still countries that do not have laws in place preventing people from buying large amounts of this drug. In the United States, those with a more capitalist mindset are beginning to take advantage of this crisis, by selling potassium iodine tables for up to 50 times the retail price before the crisis.

These people use various means such as eBay to sell this drug, where you are not really required to have a license for this type of drug. Selling a box of IOSAT potassium iodide tablets for $1,000 should raise red flags.

An eBay user tried his luck trying to sell a pack of five pills for nearly $1,000. (Source: NewYorkPost)

It is not only the high selling price, but many distributors and pharmacists around the world who are overwhelmed by the high demand and are constantly in demand for this drug. CNN was the first to raise flags about it”potential crisisand also presenting proprietary information from the CDC, mentioning that taking larger doses of anti-radiation drugs will not offer more protection and it could actually cause serious illness or death.

Some people got caught eBay selling expired tables at very cheap prices. Despite rumors that the drug is still good even after its expiry date, it is illegal to sell expired drugs. Health manufacturers had not seen such strong demand for this type of drug since the 1970s when the last crisis occurred during nuclear winter. the only problem is that the crises seem to be on a much larger scale due to a much higher demand created via the internet.

The internet has not only been a host to create demand, but the main incriminator through the use of social media to create panic. The vast amount of propaganda that has littered the news is simply at a new historical level and it seems that some news agencies go above and beyond without being stopped.

Things are not much different in Europe, as the British manufacturer Oxford Health Company had a 15,000% increase in their page views for its potassium iodine tables in March. Representative Pete Burrows of Oxford Health Company had mentioned that interest in such drugs is much higher in countries neighboring Ukraine.

“Interest in the UK has obviously increased, but the bulk of the interest is coming from European countries, particularly those closer to the conflict.” (Quote by Pete Burrows)

It seems that people recognize the potential for nuclear war, especially since Russia began to lose ground within this war. If Russia is left with no options, Putin could be pushed towards nuclear war. However, he probably takes into consideration the kind of damage it would cause to humanity.

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