Here’s a Surprising Extreme Heat Risk for 1 in 6 Americans

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From NBC News: “White is among the one in six Americans who take psychiatric medications. Many can interfere with the activity of the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that helps regulate temperature and thirst.

Some people taking psychiatric medications can lose some of their thirst even as their body is more prone to dehydration. It’s a dangerous combination.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The neuroleptics, in particular, are more commonly used among minorities and lower social class groups. these groups have difficulty enough staying cool when the weather turns hot (or…warm, when the weather turns cold…). add in heavy tranquilizers and a shredded safety net, and one gets a “heat wave,” which is a social problem framed as some sort of “natural disaster” and/or “extreme weather,” etc.