Anyone that comes to visit America may notice that most of us walk around like a bunch of zombies. Well, the truth is that this is because about half of us are completely doped up on prescription drugs. In America, we don’t just take pills if we are sick. In this day and age, the pharmaceutical companies have come up with a pill for just about everything. If we are feeling a little sad, we are told to just pop a pill. If we are feeling a little bit of pain, we are told to just pop a pill. If our children like to run around and play, we are told that giving them the right pills will settle them down. Every single year, prescription drug use in America increases, and there are dozens of different pharmaceutical companies that are making billions of dollars off of our “legal” addiction to drugs. The funny thing is that many of these “legal” drugs are only just the slightest bit different from many of the “illegal” drugs that are being sold out on the streets. But because they have “government approval”, the big pharmaceutical companies can relentlessly peddle them to the American public. Many of these drugs are very damaging to our health, many of them are very damaging to our ability to think and many of them are extremely addictive.
The following are 18 crazy facts which show that no nation on earth is more doped up on prescription drugs than America is….
#1. According to the CDC, the percentage of Americans that say that they have taken a prescription drug within the last month has risen to almost 50 percent.
#2. The percentage of Americans that say that they have taken two or more prescription drugs within the last month has risen to 31 percent, and the percentage of Americans that say that they have taken five or more prescription drugs within the last month has risen to 11 percent.
#3. If you can believe it, the CDC also says that approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years of age say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.
#4. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 25 percent of all kids and teens in the United States take prescription drugs on a regular basis.
#5. One brand new study has found that more than 20 percent of all American adults are taking at least one drug for “psychiatric” or “behavioral” disorders.
#6. A recent Government Accountability Office report shockingly discovered that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.
In fact, the report found that many states seem to be doping up foster children as a matter of course. Just check out these stunning statistics….
In Texas, foster children were 53 times more likely to be prescribed five or more psychiatric medications at the same time than non-foster children. In Massachusetts, they were 19 times more likely. In Michigan, the number was 15 times. It was 13 times in Oregon. And in Florida, foster children were nearly four times as likely to be given five or more psychotropic medications at the same time compared to non-foster children.
#7. The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.
#8. Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe are.
#9. The total number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled between 1996 and 2005.
#10. According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.
#11. It has been reported that approximately 200,000 Americans a year are killed by prescription drugs.
#12. According to the Los Angeles Times, drug deaths (mostly caused by prescription drugs) are climbing at an astounding rate….
Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, years for which more detailed data are available. Deaths more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69, the Times analysis found. In terms of sheer numbers, the death toll is highest among people in their 40s.
#13. According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 36 million Americans have abused prescription drugs at some point in their lives.
#14. A survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 percent of all U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs.
#15. The CDC says that spending on prescription drugs more than doubled between 1999 and 2008.
#16. Prescription drugs cost about 50% more in the United States than they do in other countries.
#17. Each year, tens of billions of dollars is spent on pharmaceutical marketing in the United States alone.
#18. There were more than two dozen pharmaceutical companies that made over a billion dollars in profits during 2008.
But of course prescription drugs are only part of the reason why most of us in America walk around like a bunch of zombies.
Sadly, many of us are addicted to other kinds of drugs as well….
*The United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.
*According to a recent Gallup poll, alcohol consumption in the United States has hit a 25 year high.
*In this country, many of us are also highly addicted to entertainment. In fact, the United States is tied with the U.K. for the most hours of television watched per person each week.
So if it seems like many of us in America can’t think real clearly, now you know why.