Health experts are warning the public about a dangerous COVID-19 treatment trend after an alarming amount of people accidentally poisoned themselves with the unapproved horse drug ivermectin.
Julie Weber, the President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers stated that people are getting their hands on the equestrian prescription drug through their vets, and using an amount intended for a horse, which typically weigh over 1,000 pounds, ABC News reported.
"We just had a case of someone using a veterinary source of ivermectin, a horse medication, that contains a significantly larger dose of the drug," Weber told the outlet.
The National Institute of Health and the US Food and Drug Administration have issued statements saying that there is not enough evidence or safety data to support the effective or safe use of ivermectin as a cure, treatment, or way of prevention for COVID.
Buzz around the drug ivermectim was created by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), which was formed at the beginning of the pandemic and claim that the drug could fight against the novel coronavirus.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, health experts have worked hard to stop the spread of misinformation regarding COVID treatment methods, particularly from companies encouraging untested remedies.
"People are drinking hand sanitizer" and "taking almost any kind of cleaner or sterilant and using it on their skin because they think it will kill the virus, but these substances can be harmful to people as well," said Dr. Joshua Nogar, the medical toxicology fellowship director at Northwell Health and an emergency medicine physician.
The hazardous treatment method comes almost a year after former President Donald Trump promoted the unproved use of the drug hydroxychloroquine.
The CDC reports that since March 2020, the daily number of calls to poison centers for exposure to cleaners or disinfectants have increased by about 20%.