18 Crazy Facts Which Show That No Nation On
Earth Is More Doped Up On Prescription Drugs Than America
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
#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
#3. If you can believe it, the CDC also says that
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
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
#9. The total number of Americans taking
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
#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
#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
#15. The CDC says that spending on prescription
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
*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.