19 Statistics About The Drugging Of America That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

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Pills - Photo by Tibor KadekThe American people are the most drugged people in the history of the planet.  Illegal drugs get most of the headlines, but the truth is that the number of Americans that are addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans that are addicted to illegal drugs.  As you will see below, close to 70 percent of all Americans are currently on at least one prescription drug.  In addition, there are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol” and 22 million Americans that use illegal drugs.  What that means is that almost everyone that you meet is going to be on something.  That sounds absolutely crazy but it is true.  We are literally being drugged out of our minds.  In fact, as you will read about below, there are 70 million Americans that are taking “mind-altering drugs” right now.  If it seems like most people cannot think clearly these days, it is because they can’t.  We love our legal drugs and it is getting worse with each passing year.  And considering the fact that big corporations are making tens of billions of dollars peddling their drugs to the rest of us, don’t expect things to change any time soon.  The following are 19 statistics about the drugging of America that are almost too crazy to believe…


#1 An astounding 70 million Americans are taking legal mind-altering drugs right now.

#2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants during 2010.

#3 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#4 Americans spent more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.

#5 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.

#6 There are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol”.

#7 According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.

#8 Incredibly, more than 11 percent of all Americans that are 12 years of age or older admit that they have driven home under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year.

#9 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an unintentional drug overdose death in the United States every 19 minutes.

#10 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#11 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.

#12 According to Alternet, “11 of the 12 new-to-market drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration were priced above $100,000 per-patient per-year” in 2012.

#13 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#14 Many of these antidepressants contain warnings that “suicidal thoughts” are one of the side effects that should be expected.  The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 rose by close to 30 percent between 1999 and 2010.  The number of Americans that are killed by suicide now exceeds the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents every year.

#15 In 2010, the average teen in the United States was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

#16 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

#17 A shocking Government Accountability Office report discovered that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.

#18 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.

#19 It turns out that dealing drugs is extremely profitable.  The 11 largest pharmaceutical companies combined to rake in approximately $85,000,000,000 in profits in 2012.

In America today, doctors are trained that there are just two potential solutions to any problem.  Either you prescribe a pill or you cut someone open.  Surgery and drugs are pretty much the only alternatives they offer us.

And an endless barrage of television commercials have trained all of us to think that there is a “pill for every problem”.

Are you in pain?

Just take a pill.

Are you feeling blue?

Just take a pill.

Do you need a spark in your marriage?

Just take a pill.

And most Americans assume that all of these pills are perfectly safe.

After all, the government would never approve something that wasn’t safe, right?

Sadly, what most Americans don’t realize is that there is a revolving door between big pharmaceutical corporations and the government agencies that supposedly “regulate” them.  Many of those that are now in charge of our “safety” have spent their entire careers peddling legal drugs to all of us.

We have become a nation of drugged out zombies, and it is all perfectly legal.  The funny thing is that many of these “legal drugs” have just slightly different formulations from their “illegal” counterparts.

If more Americans understood what they were actually taking, would that cause them to stop?

Perhaps some would, but for the most part Americans are totally in love with their drugs and giving them up would not be easy.

Just ask anyone that has tried.

So what do you think about the drugging of America?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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  • K

    Excellent story. Right know I am the only person I know of, that is not on a prescription drug. But just to demonstrate how out of hand this situation is. There is a small town, about 20 miles down the road from me. All the restaurants are closed, the hardware store is in a building over 100 years old. There is not even a full size grocery store in the town. What they do have is a brand new drug store. Not only is it new, but it is far larger than you would expect for a town of that size. Also it is the only place, where the parking lot is full. Seems there are a whole lot of folks on pain meds, in that town.

    • jaxon64

      Yes…those rural towns and Appalacia have gotten a new moniker–they are known as “pill billies”…no kidding

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I’ve read number 13 several places besides here. That one puzzles me. With women having more opportunity why are so many women on antidepressants? I would like to ask some of the women to give their insights. Thanks in advance.

    • Uh-huh

      As a female NOT on antidepressants….a few reasons I could give are: 1) Too many responsibilities in a day’s time (work outside house/work inside house/kids/spouse/lack of spouse). 2) Lack of sunlight (believe it or not, this can be a HUGE contributor to depression). 3) Food additives and/or no money for healthy options. 4) Trying to make ends meet.

    • Ruby

      My personal opinion is that women are burdened with trying to perform duties in a role that was never meant for them.

      These days, women are expected to be MEN, and men are expected to be GAY.

      Flame me if you like, that’s just how I see it.

      Women were meant to be gentle. Not WEAK, but gentle. Trying to be all “business-tough-and-ready” and to be the provider for a broken household has caused many of us to lose that sense of sweetness.

      On the flip side, Uh-huh has some really valid points about other reasons why women might be depressed.

      I do the shopping for my household, and the price of organic food/whole food is ridiculously higher than the chemical-laden foods they are trying to soft-kill us all with.

      God has blessed my family greatly, and for that I praise His Holy name, but for some people I honestly think it comes down to a choice between paying electric bills and eating well.

      You can live on organic dhal and make it financially, but how realistic is that when you have children? Doable? Perhaps. But realistic? Not for very many people.

      So for the truly poor, or those addicted to government food, dollar burgers at McDonald’s seem like manna from Heaven.

      And, of course, they’ll take a $4.00 prescription for anti-depressants from Walmart with that.

      It’s the only way many people can live these days, with their freedom being stripped from them in an increasingly-obvious way, and violations of their basic moral code being flaunted before their eyes daily.

      Watching your soul be killed off is a painful process for anyone.

    • westernwoman.wordpress.com

      Opportunity has many different faces, but for a MOM, it usually has just one (Stress!) When I was in the workforce, I get the feeling I acquired the job based on my looks (opportunity, right?). I was pageant mama back then. I was an over-dressed, underpaid, disrespected woman working around the clock to do my job as well as manage my growig family. Big corporations don’t care that the nanny left-just get the job done. My marriage almost fell through the cracks. I am so happy to be back home, cooking for my husband, changing diapers, and cleaning the chicken coop. Not glamorous, but very fulfilling.

      • A Dodgy Bloke

        Ruby, Western, Uh huh, thanks. I think a lot of it is just pressure, and making bad decisions. Bad decisions weather having an abortion, or having kids out of wedlock only to find out being dad and mom is a lot harder than you thought. These have habit of catching up with you as you get older.

    • Rebecca

      I think it’s because so many women are tired. Instead of being home taking care of the house and the kids, we are forced to go work for somebody all day, then come home and do all the mommy/wife stuff. It’s exhausting. But reality is, someone has to work and bring home the bread, and a lot of men have lost their jobs so we have no choice.
      I also think bad diet is a HUGE part of it, as well as environment. Give up the coffee and headaches will go away. Quit eating so much processed foods and cook meals with actual food (so hard for people who don’t get home from work until 6pm). Ditch the CFL bulbs that leak UV radiation on you all day. Use your breaks at work to go outside and go for a 15 minute walk in the sunshine.

      • Yooper5

        Make use of the slow cooker stored in your cupboard. Fill it in the morning & voila` supper.

    • Anna

      I agree with Ruby’s answer but I also wanted to say that Post Partum depression IS real, not imaginary nor made up by dr’s. I DO NOT believe it’s cure should be drugs though.

    • Amber

      I believe it’s called the Super Mom syndrome: women can have it all, so if they DON’T do it all (and do it all well), they’re failures. They have to be tough as nails, sweet as puppies, logical, compassionate, patient, combative, and all without the help of their own mother or grandmothers or other older women who have gone through it themselves. Also, with the divorce rate so high, women frequently have to be both Mom and Dad to their children. Women are not more liberated as much as they are more burdened.

  • Rodster

    I recall going to my doctor and the nurse who was updating my records kept asking me if I take any medication? If I was depressed?

    When I said no to all of the above you should have seen the look on her face. I told her I basically take aspirin if I have a headache and a multivitamin. She actually wrote down a multivitamin as a drug. I guess if she didn’t her computer might explode. :)

    • Jim Davis

      You aren’t a good patient sucker, if you don’t continually swallow multiple prescription drugs for the rest of your life. There are a lot of big pharma sales reps you need to support. They want to drive Mercedes (or better) and they need your money for themselves and to bribe doctors to keep the whole thing going.

    • Syrin

      As a physician, it pains me to tell you this, but unless you trust your MD with absolute certainty, the less you reveal, the better. You need to envision a DHS officer standing in the room next to your MD when you make a visit to his/her office because now with Obamacare, they have access to everything you say if it’s recorded.

      • Defiant

        That seems to be the case wherever we go…EVERYWHERE.

        • Lex Loathar

          Well, since the DHS was setup by Markus Wolfe (former head of the Stasi) there is actual reason to feel the way you do.

    • nekksys

      Rodster, I’m a diabetic. I take multivitamins, B-complex, D3 and Cinnamon to treat it along with a proper low-carb diet. I have acheived an excellent level of blood glucose control using only these simple “tools.” Even at my current level of control, any doctor I could visit would want to put me on Metformin which slowly destroys the liver by chemically subduing it’s glucose production function.

      Like you, I’m not into slowly poisoning myself. I’d rather die from eating too much Bacon than from some drug that is supposed to prolong and improve my life.

      • abinico

        If you are type 2, start taking chromium supplement – will cure you. Research the relationship between blood sugar and what chromium does.

        • nekksys

          Thanks! I’ll check to see if any of my current supps contain chromium and add accordingly.

      • Thomas Mrak

        I am not against drugs or medical treatment, but many of these drugs cause more problems than they solve.

        It’s amazing how much people blindly trust physicians, the government, and drug companies.

        I’m not going on a drug because someone tells me. Like yourself, I’d rather live a shorter life of quality, than die slowly and suffer the entire time.

    • Sandbagger

      You’re not the only one who gets the disbelieving look when you say you’re not on any drug.

      • Thomas Mrak

        Oh yeah. Any sort of issue requires a pill, and you’re an acute case if you DO have an issue.

        Everyday existence has problems, no matter how rich or powerful you are. We deny reality as a culture in exchange for conformity.

        I get told all the time that I should be on various mind altering drugs because I get upset, have problems, get angry, and don’t agree with everyone. i.e. Normal human existence, which is not happy happy joy joy all time.

        I also get told this because I don’t blindly obey other people, and that makes me “difficult”.

  • DJohn1

    Can you say MOO! Then you too can be a cash cow for the American Medical Association and their partners in crime, the FDA, and the Pharmaceutical Industry.
    The idea is to keep you alive with drugs but not to cure anything. These people now have a steady income from your disease.
    Years ago my doctor found out that I am type II diabetic.
    Despite everything I was able to stay off most drugs. I was on Metformin and Glipiside. The Metformin would lower insulin resistance and the Glipiside increased insulin production in the pancreas. At first I didn’t use the puncture needles and sugar measuring sticks. It became necessary within about 3 years.
    I am a questioning type of person. I don’t take anything I don’t have to. Though supplements are a different decision.
    Anyone that is diabetic knows.
    We are deliberately not cured of anything. We are cash cows for the drug industry.
    It takes approximately a dollar to buy a glucose testing stick. So why ever go to something better? It is a cash cow product. Same almost as what people used 50 years ago. It measures sugar in your blood. An insulin dependent diabetic can use up to 5 sticks a day. That is 5×365 days a year at a buck a piece. There are numbers like 30% of the population is eventually type II diabetic.
    What is the cure? I suggest a combination of diet and exercise might work. Stay away from all wheat products might bring the weight down and even sometimes reverse the real situation with type II diabetes. That only works if you get to it soon enough. The insulin resistance is only part of the upset balance in the blood.
    The key is the pancreas. The cells that control insulin production are critical. Only the pancreas wears out if you are on glipicide for any length of time.
    So eventually after 10 or 12 years the doctor has to prescribe insulin on top of everything else. If a doctor keeps with this regime you will be a cash cow for a long time. These drug companies have no intention of changing something that provides that much income. The sticks are only the tip of the iceberg and the real problem is the patents are running out on everything that makes these things that profitable. I suggest they are filing for renewals like crazy and with the help of your local prostituted congress person I bet they will get it.
    I define the p word as doing something reprehensible strictly for money. By that definition we have a lot of people in Washington that definition applies to.
    I used one example of prime cash cow operation. There are many more.

    • Uh-Huh

      The best part is when they make the sticks “void” after a year so if you DONT use all your supply by the “sell by” date…the machine won’t accept the stick.

    • Yooper5

      The Blood Type Diet will prevent & treat diabetes. Take OPC3 to keep your vessels strong.

  • Eric Quintero

    In a Brave New World the populations were ushered into cities, the family structure was broken up, promiscuity was endorsed and everyone subsisted on SOMA (resembled an SSRI).

    I always thought a Brave New World was years away. Sadly, Im starting to realize that we’re living in it.

    The only thing thats missing now are: hatcheries and mind control that makes people love their position in the pyramid.

    They havent quite figured out how to make people totally happy about their place on the bottom. But they’re working on it.

    • Thomas Mrak

      Aldous Huxley already was seeing some of the Brave New World happening around him, he just exatrapolated.

      I too have noticed the same thing about the book- like Atlas Shrugged, it’s coming true, when it was meant to be a warning.

      People may not be happy being mediocre or poor yet, but they certainly are vicious enough to ensure that their own families, friends, and colleagues do the same.

      People don’t have to stay poor or middle class unless they choose to, but the fear of the unknown and people pleasing is more important to many people.

      “Innocent” victims indeed.

  • Jim Davis

    #15 In 2010, the average teen in the United States was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

    This one is really incredible. When I was in high school, I never heard of anyone my age on any kind of prescription drugs, except for conditions like asthma. And very few of those even. I didn’t know anyone who was “depressed” or had “ADHD” or anything like it. Of course, there were troubled kids but that was due to problems with their families or their use of alcohol or illegal drugs. Prescription drugs would have only made things worse for those kids.

  • dadelaw

    Great article, Michael. You would be appalled if you knew to what extent America is the laughingstock of the world… with all its drugs and fat people and social decay. Nobody takes it seriously anymore. Many of the drugs that are handed out in the U.S. on a daily basis to any and all (e.g. Adderall) are illegal in other countries. Nobody listens to America anymore when it comes to ‘advice’ on social matters. They just laugh at how absurd the country is. And if you REALLY want to make them keel over helpless with laughter, remind them about “American Exceptionalism”.

    • atrutherproudofitiknowtruth

      Lets hope and pray this truly is the case! This American slave trade IS the laughing stock of the planet! Surely the people will see & wake up from this evil spell which doles out only slave wage for junk goods globally! AND SQUASH the corporate & debt based bankers age old spell onto this world (check ALL world history….its ALL happened over & over again in nation after nation in ALL annals of all time historically….more subtle in the past and yet not! NOW ALMOST GLOBAL)
      AND the true puppet master IS REVEALED IF YOU LOOK!
      satan or this evil for profit ONLY control, whichever you might want to peg them as today HAS slow but sure usurped our once non-interventionist, sovereign, and separatist Beacon on the hill! AMERICA! And ALL our yes, CHRISTIAN, of European decent American founders are REELING in their graves!
      THE BLENDING is killing ALL! ALL nations must remain sovereign! Or become enslaved under a ONE THUMB CONTROL!
      satan depends on each generation forgetting the hero’s and accomplishments of the last! THIS enemy is also right now RE-WRITING truth in our heritage & history….as they have gained all control of media, GOVT….education, publishing & more!
      WE MUST teach our children well! And to be ever ever vigilant OF THIS BEAST & ITS SYSTEM. Spewing IT out of our mouths & our lives!

      • Plowboy

        Read and heard some info on the Rothschilds about how they made money from both sides of wars.

    • Defiant

      Oh good! Another Liberal here to share his secret knowledge about why the world hates Americans. Nobody takes us seriously because of Obama. Not because we’re fat. We don’t WANT to give “social” advice! Not our job. And as for “exceptionalism”…Americans like YOU are why they laugh.

      • dadelaw

        I’m not American, Sweetheart. Try again!

    • Thomas Mrak

      What made America “exceptional” at one point was Independence, Liberty, and Natural Rights.

      We’ve thrown that all away for some free stuff promised by crooks.

  • prestodo

    I don’t believe all the ADHD garbage that is pushed on to kids. Just another made up “mental disorder” to push drugs on to the masses. I was diagnosed with ADD (no hyperactivity issues) when I was in 2nd grade, and later in life realized that I was misdiagnosed as I clearly do not have ADD. But, that didn’t stop my parents along with the doctor sucking money from them from making me take my ADD medicine which I rarely if ever did. Something about it made me sick every time I took it. I’ve taken Ritalin and Adderal before, and I later found out that these are just legal derivatives of Speed. When I took Adderal, the side effect was that I was edgy and much more irritated with people to the point of unnecessarily lashing out in anger at my friends and family for no reason. Today, I do not take any prescription medication, and rarely if ever even take an ibuprofen for severe pain. I HATE all drugs, legal, illegal, or otherwise. They’re just modern sorcery.

    • Rebecca

      My belief is that ADHD is just a way of creating a “disorder” out of a personality type. Some people are just naturally very active and don’t like sitting in a classroom staring at a chalkboard all day long when they could be out running around and playing. God forbid people are different than the mainstream behavior that is expected of us….

    • Yooper5

      Good for you.

    • dadelaw

      Adderalll is IILLEGAL in Singapore. What more needs to be said?

      • Thomas Mrak

        Lots of things are illegal in Singapore.

        • dadelaw

          What on earth is the relevance of your comments? I breathe in and out. There are seven days in a week. White is the opposite of black. So?

          • Thomas Mrak

            Singapore is a very Conservative country, often to the detriment of its own development.

    • Plowboy

      Good for you. Way to go! Check out Dr Mercola’s articles…

    • Thomas Mrak

      Not being blindly obedient to Authority figures and experts also tends to lead to a diagnosis of some of sort of mental health issue.

      I wasn’t put on Ritalin, but I was put on Paxil and another drug I can’t remember as a teenager. It really messed me up, but my parents didn’t care about how I was harmed. They were people pleasers, unwilling to say no.

      My mother and father were both very abusive and outright neglectful to me and sibling, so of course I had problems in school, but the “experts” allowed my parents to blame me for their abusive behavior.

      However, I blame the parents the most. Far too many parents are lazy, and completely evil.

      “No” solves a lot of problems.

  • KevinWarren

    #20: Virtually every school shooter over the last 20 years was on mind altering drugs or recently stopped taking them.

    • Thomas Mrak

      Some anti-depressants are known to cause violent tendencies and suicidal thoughts in teens.

      As someone who was drugged in junior high and high school by his blind follower parents, the idea of the “Rebellious teen” is a bunch of nonsense.

      A lot of adults have little empathy or compassion for children and teenagers, and expect them to be robots who blindly obey rather than Individuals.

      Children and teens being depressed or having other issues shouldn’t be surprising given the environment people willingly accept as “normal” because some expert or government official says so.

      • KevinWarren

        Totally agree. Well said

  • Jodi

    This is a tragic epidemic. Just last week a co-worker & friend of mind lost her son to an addiction. Unfortunately, I don’t know what he was addicted to & I didn’t even know she had a son who was addicted. He tragically died in his sleep. They are a wonderful, beautiful family & I know, according to the obituary they were trying very hard to help him kick his addiction. It is happening everywhere, it is happening to good people & families. My friend is devastated & I wish her family all the best.

  • apeiron

    I read an article once about how most SSRI anti-depressant drugs are chemically similar to hallucinogens.

    • Disqsuxs

      that is completely dumb.. but par for the course.. check out Terrence McKenna’s videos/books for a true perspective

  • Syrin

    “PROGRESS” !! Where’s my welfare and disability check? Where’s my fair share of your stuff? I have to sit at home and toke up all day long, and you have to pay for my cable bill and PS4.

    • Yooper5

      Nailed it.

  • Momof4

    We have a son who was on one of the ADHD meds; he’s on the autism spectrum. For several years, it helped him greatly. But then the teen years came, and the meds were literally making him very difficult to be around. He knew it and asked to go off his medicine. We agreed, but not without the consent of his medical provider. The provider gave us a few other meds we could give him in place of the ADHD med. I was mortified. Why would you want to put him on another when he wants to go off this one?? He has managed to do fairly well without the meds; at least his thinking is clearer.

    • atrutherproudofitiknowtruth

      I know many! And including myself that stopped taking prozak, effexor, depakote, ambien, etc etc all the plethora of poisons for Bipolar, depression etc etc virtually event & pain FREE! It is no different than a heroin addiction….the person MUST have a network of loved ones around them to keep watch, and take time out and remove themselves from this addiction and dependence. Its a state of mind….and with strength, true motivation to live a better life ALL can stop this madness. I did. 8 years on the crap for feelings which we must confront, control, & deal with & move on, and LEARN how to accept and to master. NO PILL CAN GIVE you what is needed in THIS life.

      • Thomas Mrak

        The problem is, many people don’t have supportive faimiles, and that is why so many people end up with mental health issues in the first place.

        Being a bad parent is a choice, as much as being a good one.

        So many people are lazy and entitled in this country.

        So much “poor me!”.

    • Thomas Mrak

      Because many mental health and medical professionals are crooks, and many are blind followers.

      You have to really follow Authority to become a professional in the mental health and medical fields, so many of the people who make it through, pass on that Authoritarian mindset.

  • Sandbagger

    You forgot the drug sugar and also caffeine.

    Remember the Twinkie defense?

    Try to take away all the coffee and watch the riots begin.

  • Sally Goodin

    My mother, a second generation retired Registered nurse of the overworked V.A. health care system, called anti-depressants as “glorified tranquilizers”. The original ones were given out to prevent grown male bedwetting in the military!

    • Thomas Mrak

      That’s pretty much what SSRIs are. Part of the human experience is having problems and learning to deal with them.

      We have a culture today in which people get to ignore everything and blame someone else.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Stop taking drugs, stupids.

  • atrutherproudofitiknowtruth

    Insurance co’s like Humana are sending out ziplock bags with extensive suggestions as to what medications are right for you. The bag, it instructs is for you to gather your poisons, take them to your CORPORATE OWNED witch doctor & ask if there ARE MORE MEDICATIONS YOU MIGHT NEED TO BE TAKING.
    American’s who are retired, recv. retirement/ S.S. which we paid into ALL our working lives ARE REQUIRED to pay for “health” ins. AND prescript. insurance RIGHT OFF THE TOP. YOU CAN NOT OPT OUT once this is all put into place. AND in my case? I have had one DR visit in 7 years & TAKE NONE of their chemical death soup, yet still REQUIRED TO PAY.
    ONCE you educate yourself YOU ARE WHAT YE EAT! You find perfect health in this earths BOUNTY! ALL (once) freely given by Our Creator! ME AND MINE are living Amish anymore and have taken control AND RESPONSIBILITY in what we do & how we live.
    SEEK out Amish and Organic farmers in your area…..LocalHarvest.com will reveal to you ….YOU ARE SURROUNDED by health and Father’s gift OF HEALTH…grown by Americans! FOR true AMERICANS!
    STOP feeding THIS ages old beast with YOUR SHEKELS! KNOW what…Giving Caesar ITS DUE! TRULY MEANS!

  • Mike

    Just by the laws of averages, there are some locales where people aren’t using this much drugs.
    And then … there are places where EVERYONE is high on one thing or another.
    And, 22 million seems kind of low, considering how prevalent legal and illegal marijuana use is.

  • William Ted Brown

    I think Americans are more aware of the drawback of drugs. Just watch an open drug advertisement on TV is Scary with citing the potential reaction. The greatest one death, or some form of disability. We have too many people who have bi polar and depression that are not treated. Doctors do prescribe according to symptoms. Pain is the underlying cause that wears a person down that culminate in death. Two options is replacement.or drugs. when it is optional, choose replacement to eliminate pain.

  • Gay Veteran

    a lot of people here (like Malcolm Reynolds) don’t like being informed of the facts

  • Anna

    So, I am an AMERICAN young woman. I watch the older generation being taken advantage of, put on pills for anxiety, restless leg syndrome, give them daily pain killers, sleeping pills, pills for depression, etc. These people, many with cognitive dysfunction due to aging or poor health, don’t know ANY BETTER but to trust their doctors, they have NO ONE ELSE nor any advocates for them. There are commercials all the time for different pills to not only tell you there is something to fix it, but to make you believe that something is a disease that needs fixing in the first place – because there is something wrong with you if you cry, or even laugh (ie: nuedexta). We are taught to believe that instead of fixing the cause of pain, pain can and should just be blocked by daily pills. 0.03% of America are general practitioners. We are made to believe we need to trust them for our health. Our children cough and run a fever and are miserable for 2 days – go to doctor – doctor prescribes prednisone, antibiotics and codeine. WHO ELSE IS THAT MOTHER GOING TO TRUST? You who calls America a laughing stock and ignorant – tell me – what are we supposed to do? People like myself..I don’t have a family yet. I stay healthy by eating healthy and exercising and using simple precautions.. what would I do if I had a baby running a 102 temp and climbing for more than a day?? I would be at the dr’s. WHERE ELSE WOULD I GO? WHAT ELSE WOULD I DO? THIS IS AMERICA. Probably our increasing rates in mental illness, asthma, autism, dementia, allergies, and more, can be at least partially linked to pesticides and other chemicals that build up and last in our bodies. WE AMERICANS don’t get to have a say in that – we can’t all afford to buy organic. This is for the comments calling us idiots: Stop judging us until you come and live here for a few years. Stop judging us until you give us feasible alternatives. Because I’m real tired of reading how bad our lifestyles are, how bad some of the ingredients in our foods (banned in other countries) are, how our legal drug use is so unhealthy, when the majority are too poor financially to do anything about it, and aren’t educated by any reliable source.

  • Ohio Miscreant

    My kids are in temporary foster care and one of the first things that the foster parents did is got my 7 year old son put on adhd meds. I had previously spoken to our family doctor abt him and didn’t want him medicated, and was recommended counseling for him. Now he is on vyvanse and he is doing better in school and his behavior has improved, but I don’t want the price to be his personality.

  • Lex Loathar

    Gee. I guess I’m a rare bird. Over 50 and not on one pill (and no booze except for an occasional nip).

  • mental_stent

    Can anyone explain how practitioners can prescribe pill after pill to a patient without EVER explaining “side-effects” or withdrawal symptoms.. and still be following standard of care guidelines.

    Regardless of what others think, I believe people would refuse most drugs if they were informed about the drugs and properly educated on alternative treatments.

    • Thomas Mrak

      A lot of doctors are just repeating what someone else taught them. To become an MD, you have to obey Authority a lot to get there.

      Doctors tends to be VERY conformist.

  • Disqsuxs

    no info on getting any? crap article

  • jimmers

    Let thy food be thy medicine – hard these days as GMO foods are awful poison – our water is poison because of Fluoride – the air we breathe is poison – google chem trails

    So here’s the doctors advice – exercise everyday ( build up your endurance slowly , but at least 30 minutes , walking is great . Eat Organic or non GMO foods – Eat no sugar of any sort

    Most people are to dam lazy – but to those who are not – Fight & Keep Fighting

    • Plowboy

      That’s right, I’m fighting too! GMO’s don’t have the nutrients that non-GMO’s do. For me also no sugar, no starch (that means no bread too), lost 25 lbs in a year, walking, slowing easing back into running, several herbs and vitamins, not ceasing to research health, ….
      now we have this Fukushima, check out enenews.

  • SC

    If you think the abuse in the welfare system (include everything medical, housing food stamps/ebt, etc., etc.) is 5% you really do have your head buried in the sand. I challenge you to work in a grocery store and see the number of people who are dressed to the nines, nails perfect, top of the line latest cell phone, top of the line car and all who pay with WIC, Food Stamps and I bet if you walk in their nice home they have it all (on our dime, of course). It’s rampant and it’s known and planned. We’ve bred a whole demographic that perpetuates itself every 14-15 years (they start having babies as early and as often as possible to game the system). Oh, and our tax $$ probably pay for all their prescription meds.

    • Thomas Mrak

      The government rarely gives us the real numbers, and often changes how they gather and report information not to tell the truth, but to create a truth.

  • coolduderino

    However. a lot of those drugs are very useful…especially some of the illegal ones. Psychedelics should probably be mandatory. If only people were better educated about health and drugs, which most people could become with a little effort. And learn about “alternative” medicine-a lot of which is just the same drugs extracted from plants rather than synthesized or slightly altered for patenting and profit. No one is looking out for you so it’s a good idea to know what the heck is going on in your own body and how to deal.

  • rosemerry

    Nearly $1000 for each USan for prescription drugs in 2013?

  • Susan

    Unfortunately this is exactly hundred per cent pure true.

  • meredith

    I take/have taken many psychiatric medications for different mental health problems, and they have done nothing but help me. When I’m off my meds I can barely leave the house, I can’t sit through a class at school, I have thoughts of suicide. After I started taking SSRI’s, Xanax, and another type of antidepressant, I don’t have any problem getting out of bed in the morning, I can go to school just fine and I feel happy most of the time. I cannot function without these drugs and while I agree that they are overprescribed, pegging them as being all harmful is wrong. For people like me they are a literal life saver.

  • annonymous

    Where can I get list of they sources that these statistics are referenced from. I don’t doubt their accuracy but I would like to know what studies these stats came from and how large the test pool/study group was.

  • JoeSarno

    Where did you get your sources from?

  • Debra Johnson

    Because of all the abuse of prescription drugs, people that really need things like pain-killers can no longer get them. I have to beg my primary to get a couple of Tylenol 3’s for my migraines. The latest was when my rheumatologist refused to write a refill on some Vicodin. I have polymyalgia rheumatica and can no longer take steroids for it. There are days when the pain is just awful. I got a script for meloxicam, but I would have to take it every single day instead of just when I hurt, which I don’t want to do. FYI, I still have a couple of Vicodin left. My prescription was filled in November 2012. (Not a typo.) I’m the stereotypical abuser alright.

  • TedCrunch

    I’m almost 68 and only in the last two days have I started to take a blood pressure medicine. It’s only slightly high, but I know it’s been that way for a long time. I signed up with a new doctor after moving from another state, and he put me through the normal tests. He’s the one who wants me to take this medicine, not I. I have never taken medicines for anything, preferring to be drug-free at all times. So what’s the problem with people taking necessary medication? Why are legal, necessary medicines a nightmare? This article is BS! Stick to writing about illegal drugs.

  • john

    Are you in pain?

    Just take a pill.

    I have heard this kind of talk for too long. You guys that beat your
    chest and say that us folks that take pain pills are weak and filled
    with sin should just suck it up and take it. After all, you would never take any pill that would alter your thinking.
    After five back surgeries in the last five years, yes I am one of
    those dreaded Christians that take pain pills.
    I can tell by your words you have never been in pain for extended
    period of time.
    People like you make it hard for anybody to get pain pills.
    Do you think that all people take pain pills just to get high?
    I think your thinking is all about pride and not compassion!

    • matt

      If you are a Christian why are you not turning to your God the healer rather than the sorcery of this world? having a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof……

      • gvanderleun

        You know matt, we liked you better when you were working as a toilet seat for Obama. Back to work at something you were born to do.

  • Dinesh Kowshik

    Nothing astonishing. Americans are on a `trip’ and they are `happy’!!

  • St. Ferd III

    They get the kiddies on the drugs early – ‘attention deficit bs.’ etc. ‘Running too fast at recess disorder’; wiggly leg syndrome; bored because the teacher is a clueless jerk syndrome etc. Have to keep pharma in profits and pretty-happy-dude ‘psychologists’ employed at the local school board….

  • Thomas Mrak

    Some of it is diet, physical and mental health issues. It’s not always “getting old”.

  • Melv’s

    Well we do have other choices here you know then taking medications
    Isaiah 53:5
    1 Peter 2:21-25 For even hereunto were ye called: because
    Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
    Either he paid for it all or he was one very good deceiver here. But you see he was who he said that he was, and his Spirit lives on with in us.
    Mathew 6:33
    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
    and all these things shall be added unto you. What are those things? If you are not seeking then you are not finding.

  • Mike McCray

    A fearful, divided, drugged population is easier to control. People will snort, smoke, drink, sniff, pop, inject anything from any source to escape some issue that frightens them.

  • PennyKay

    All too true!! I did not want to think this is the case, but the events which have unfolded around me in the last 6 months have proven the point of this article. Worse yet, those doped up people are pulling the strings and at the expense of the rest of us. It is disgusting!!

  • LynnR.

    We could get a lot of these people off anti-depressants if we just corrected one simple thing….a Vitamin D deficiency. It’s why they want to take away our tanning beds. Docs won’t tell you because of check from BigP.

  • JakeP51

    Well have no fear, eventually they will whittle down the list of drugs to just one or two. Take your Soma and have a great day.

  • KevinWarren

    Wow, Thanks for the link