Was There a Medicine Shortage?

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During Hurricane Katrina, was there a medicine shortage? I’m referring to those who were trapped in houses and those who ran out of medicine (example like if they had illnesses–especially asthma though) was there like a shortage of medicine and medications? And if so, could they have found those medicines and medications inside the abandoned drug stores and such? I’m asking because I’m doing a school report on Katrina.

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Answer by silky1
To the best of my knowledge their had to be a shortage of everything including medicine. Look how long it took to get water to the Superdome. If there was a pharmacy that you could actually get inside of with all that flooding you would have been one of the lucky ones.

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One Response to Was There a Medicine Shortage?

  • John de Witt says:

    Some pharmacies were destroyed or flooded, along with their stock. One pharmacist in the Waveland/Bay St. Louis area took all his stock that hadn’t been ruined and carried it down the street to the hospital. Mississippi did a very good job of trying to get medications to the coast quickly, but matching the right medications to the right people obviously took time. I was writing prescriptions, handing out inhalers and such, making arrangements for treatment, and treating people who’d walked barefoot thirty miles inland. For many, it wasn’t a matter of running out of medication: the only thing they owned was literally the tattered clothes they were wearing.
    I suspect your mindset is that of people from outside the area, and you’re thinking of New Orleans. Try to keep in mind that New Orleans wasn’t hit very badly by Katrina; the levee failure is what got them. The center of the storm’s landfall was Hancock County, MS, where there are some interesting stories. My ex is an emergency nurse who was locked down in Hancock General, and she has stories!

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