30 Million Americans On Antidepressants And 21 Other Facts About America’s Endless Pharmaceutical Nightmare

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Pill Bottle - Public DomainHas there ever been a nation more hooked on drugs than the United States?  And I am not just talking about illegal drugs – the truth is that the number of Americans addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans addicted to illegal drugs.  As you will read about below, more than 30 million Americans are currently on antidepressants and doctors in the U.S. wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for painkillers last year.  Sadly, most people got hooked on these drugs very innocently.  They trusted that their doctors would never prescribe something for them that would be harmful, and they trusted that the federal government would never approve any drugs that were not safe.  And once the drug companies get you hooked, they often have you for life.  You see, the reality of the matter is that some of these “legal drugs” are actually some of the most addictive substances on the entire planet.  And when they start raising the prices on those drugs, there isn’t much that the addicts can do about it.  It is a brutally efficient business model, and the pharmaceutical industry guards their territory fiercely.  Very powerful people will often do some really crazy things when there are hundreds of billions of dollars at stake.  The following are 22 facts about America’s endless pharmaceutical nightmare that everyone should know…


#1 According to the New York Times, more than 30 million Americans are currently taking antidepressants.

#2 The rate of antidepressant use among middle aged women is far higher than for the population as a whole.  At this point, one out of every four women in their 40s and 50s is taking an antidepressant medication.

#3 Americans account for about five percent of the global population, but we buy more than 50 percent of the pharmaceutical drugs.

#4 Americans also consume a whopping 80 percent of all prescription painkillers.

#5 It is hard to believe, but doctors in the United States write 259 million prescriptions for painkillers each year.  Prescription painkillers are some of the most addictive legal drugs, and our doctors are serving as enablers for millions up0n millions of Americans that find themselves hooked on drugs that they cannot kick.

#6 Overall, pharmaceutical drug use in America is at an all-time high.  According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#7 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.

#8 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.

#9 A very disturbing Government Accountability Office report found that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.

#10 An astounding 95 percent of the “experimental medicines” that the pharmaceutical industry produces are found not to be safe and are never approved.  Of the remaining 5 percent that are approved, we often do not find out that they are deadly to us until decades later.

#11 One study discovered that mothers that took antidepressants during pregnancy were four times more likely to have a baby that developed an autism spectrum disorder.

#12 It has been estimated that prescription drugs kill approximately 200,000 people in the United States every single year.

#13 An American dies from an unintentional prescription drug overdose every 19 minutes.  According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, accidental prescription drug overdose is “the leading cause of acute preventable death for Americans”.

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

#15 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.

#16 The number of prescription drug overdose deaths in the United States is five times higher than it was back in 1980.

#17 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.

#18 More than 26 million women over the age of 25 say that they are “using prescription medications for unintended uses“.

#19 If all of these antidepressants are helping, then why are more Americans killing themselves?  The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 increased by nearly 30 percent between 1999 and 2010.  The number of Americans that die by suicide is now greater than the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents every year.

#20 Antidepressant use has been linked to mass shootings in America over and over and over again, and yet the mainstream media is eerily quiet about this. Is it because they don’t want to threaten one of their greatest sources of advertising revenue?

#21 The amount of money that the pharmaceutical industry is raking in is astronomical.  It has been reported that Americans spent more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.

If many of these drugs were not so addictive, the pharmaceutical companies would make a lot less money.  And pharmaceutical drug addicts often don’t fit the profile of what we think a “drug addict” would look like.  For example, CNN shared the story of a 55-year-old grandmother named Cynthia Scudo that become addicted to prescription painkillers…

For Scudo, her addiction began — as they all do — innocently enough.

She sought relief from hip pain, possibly caused by scarring from cesarean sections she had delivering several of her children.

Her then-husband recommended a physician.

“There was no physical therapy offered,” she said of the doctor’s visit. “The first reaction was, let’s give you some drugs.”

He put her on OxyContin.

By the second week, she was physically addicted.

She was popping so much of the painkiller and other drugs such as anti-anxiety Valium that they equated to a dosage for three men.

There is lots and lots of money to be made from addiction.  In fact, if the U.S. health care system was a totally separate nation it would actually be the 6th largest economy on the entire globe.  We are talking about piles of money larger than most people would ever dare to imagine.

And with so much money floating around, it is quite easy for the pharmaceutical industry to buy the cooperation of our politicians and of the media.

Some time when you are watching television in the evening, consciously take note of how often a pharmaceutical commercial comes on.

It has gotten to the point where we are literally being inundated with these ads.

They are already making hundreds of billions of dollars, and they think that there is room for even more growth.

Will they ever be satisfied?

  • kfilly

    The MSM covers up the fact that antidepressants are taken by a majority of the mass shooters because they want to disarm Amerikans. Most people are dumb and fall for it. The fascist system enables it to all happen.

    • Syrin

      Yep, every mass shooter was on either an anti-depressant or anti-psychotic

      • kfilly

        It’s also one of the reasons schools push parents to get their children tested/treated for diseases like ADHD. In the eyes of the state, a lifetime of Ritalin does a body good. Back when I was in school, I never got prescribed drugs for daydreaming.

        • Woodland Echo

          When I was a kid ADHD (normal male child behaviour) was handled with a whipping stick. Shoot I still have it as an adult, I just control it better now. My adult son tells me he loves me every day that makes me a success, they tried to put him on this garbage as a chile, I said eff that.

          A few years back all of us kids thought our Mom was going to die, she finally passed out, dad almost went to jail for the indifference the medical personnel were showing. The sicko doctor had her on a box of pills.

          She got lucky, a real Human Doctor (Rare these Days) was in the ER he told her she needed three simple operations, it actually was quite a bit more than a few years ago, she is now a picture of health and occasionally has to take one pill for upset stomach from her Gall bladder removal.

          In the next realm we will see very few Doctors, Lawyers, Politicians, Pigs, Preachers, Royalty and the Wealthy. Maybe that is why it is called Heaven.

    • TheBingeThinker

      Sure. Then they can say “See, look. You need tougher laws so we can protect you from the nut jobs. We told you so. Big Brother is your friend”

    • mike d

      That’s because the drug companies are paying for airtime and the gun companies aren’t allowed to advertise. So they blame guns or whoever doesn’t pay them.

  • Syrin

    We are a nation of wimps. Oh, boo hoo, my girlfriend broke up with me, and I can feel the pain from sorrow. Instead of having me deal with my emotions, and grow as a human, someone numb me up and medicate me. Losers and wimps. America circa 2014.

    • dspence

      I agree with you completely!

    • Riki

      so is Europe !!!

  • Tatiana Covington

    I have an idea! Don’t take them!

  • Richard

    Have you noticed that when you go to hospital for a procedure – however big or small – they have you fill in a mountain of forms but THE ONE QUESTION THEY NEVER ASK is whether you suffer or have ever suffered from addiction? Has anyone ever noticed that?

    Do you notice that whenever you go to the doctor’s with some complaint requiring treatment, the forms you have to fill in and the doctor himself NEVER ASK if you are or have ever been an addict.

    My wife used to be addicted but has undergone rehab and is currently clear of addictions… but whenever we go to the doctor’s, the doctor always smiles nervously when I point out to him – just before he writes a prescription – that my wife has an addictive propensity. Obviously it “queers his pitch” (as we say).

    Americans are truly the most cruel bunch of monsters on the planet. When they’re not busy bombing and killing other people, they’re at it with their own, Ugh!

    • Woodland Echo

      Not Americans, the sick Oligarchy that rules the World has been having a hey day in what used to be the Land of the Free.
      Look at Americas Growth in population, since 1964 we have had ZPG, all the increase in our population is immigration and the excessive child bearing of the immigrants.

      Most of the World only experiences the acts of the illegal Terrorist Organization know as the Federal Government, and the videos of our Vile Filthy Cities. Step out of the Cities and you see a very different America. The predominance of good kind hearted people in Rural America puts the rest of the World to shame.

      • Richard

        Americans are taught from moment one that they’re the Greatest Country in the History of Humanity™. They’re also taught that the reason they’re the Greatest Country in the History of Humanity™ is because anyone can make it here if they try. What being taught both of those things does is inexorably lead to the conclusion that those in poverty deserve their misery. Because they deserve their misery, it is therefore not just beyond America’s responsibility to provide a safety net for them, but providing them things like worker protections, paid sick leave, basic medical care, and above all fair pay is thus actively unethical. Give a man a fish and he’ll become an unending burden on the limited resources of the state. Teach a man to fish and you’ve placed the burden for his education on those who have no responsibility to help him — he should be able to figure out for himself how to fish, and if he can’t, well, that’s not America’s problem.

    • D.B

      Actually in America, my doctors have asked me all sorts of questions about former drug use, etc…

      • Richard

        Of course. Because you probably have /have had such a problem in the past that the medical profession had already become painfully aware of it.
        I’m sorry. If you’d gone in with a trivial problem requiring medication FOR THE FIRST TIME your “my doctors” would NOT have asked you in passing if you happened to suffer from any addictions…
        Not gonna happen…

  • TheBingeThinker

    The Big Pharma Regime is all about keeping most paying customers alive, but chronically ill and believing they just need more or new meds. So instead of trying to figure out what the real cause of the depression is (such as 1st world malnutrition, often a magnesium deficiency, or an intolerance to gluten, or a job with no rights included), they dope you up to keep you a paying consumer. Then you feed into the system, and hopefully stay alive long enough to play the game so they can get as much of your money as they can.

    They get: A) the consumerism payout as long as they can keep you working and shopping, B) the repeat payment to Big Pharma. If you die, then they say “Oh well; we lost one.” IF the family can prove it was the drug’s fault, then they just pay your family a “cheap-to-them” class action, and move on to the next legal poison to peddle to the next American Sucker. If they can’t prove it was the drug that killed you, then they say “We have a long documented record that this person had depression. See look, here’s the paper trail that proves she kept coming to the doctor with numerous complaints, and she was diagnosed by one of our best psychologists.”

    So why again are they giving a medicine that causes suicide to depressed people? Again, for the money. Because most don’t die.

    Plus the doctors themselves get payouts for prescribing. Search “Dollars for Docs Propublica” There you can search your doctor to find out how much he’s been payed for which Pharma Companies – you will no longer have to wonder why he is pushing you to take .

    • Tatiana Covington

      Insert your drug *where*? That’s not the best place to ingest my vitamins.

      • TheBingeThinker

        LOL. Agreed ;)

  • Williehillbillie

    I have family members who are addicted to these big Pharma drugs. Is there any way to make the Producers of these drugs accountable for the destruction that they cause to people and there families.? If the cops find a meth lab they shut it down shouldn’t the same concept be true in this situation.

    • Riki

      doctors like all too well to prescribe these drugs, the more the better for they get compensated by big Pharma even with fancy trips and this is no hear say, I have prove of this.

  • krinks

    It is a staple in Hospital Cardiac Units. Have to treat it like a narcotic though to keep it from being stolen.

  • Riki

    I was disgusted as an RN to stuff elderly with so many psychotropics, anti-anxiety pills, pain pills, sleeping pills, they live like zombies that’s not a life worth living anymore, they don’t even realize they are living !!!
    And in Europe it’s just the same !! What a society, is that what we became, is that how we want to live ???? NOT ME !!!!!!!!!

    • Woodland Echo

      A Lady I know is an RN also and she is disgusted by what they are doing to people.

  • Twisk

    Michael, take your article on America the divided and re-read it right after this one.
    Division causes hate and loneliness.
    Hate and loneliness cause mental disorders.
    Mental disorders are good for Pharma sales.
    It’s a sick society, where more and more division brings more and more pain, and more and more pain brings more and more money.

    • Riki


      I, will cry you a river

      And much much more

      My dear dear America,

      Once so beautiful !

      You sold your soul

      To a bunch of mercenaries

      Which entered your sheep-fold

      As wolves and goats

      You sold your skin

      To the highest bidder

      You resemble a harlot

      The new BABYLON

      Eating and drinking

      With the rich of this world

      Prostituting yourself

      For money and power

      And became a den

      Of thieves and murderers

      You forgot all about

      The One Who blessed

      You so abundantly

      Biting the Hand of the Blesser

      Embarrassed to mention His Name !

      Did He not teach you

      To be wise as a serpent

      And harmless as a dove

      Why then do you behave

      As a silly goose ??

      He invited you to His dinner Table

      He so diligently prepared

      But, you made light of it

      And went your worldly, haughty ways

      One to his farm,

      Another to his business.

      But as the Father of Fathers

      He waits for your return

      The return of His prodigal daughter

      WAKE UP, AMERICA !!!

      Humble your pride

      And follow the Way, the Life and the Truth !!!

      Or, I SHALL cry you a river

      A river of bloody tears

      And much much more !!!

      Rita Biesemans 02/17/2003

  • MrsB922

    I have been on Zoloft for the past 13 years, ever since my daughter was born and I suffered with PPD. It did give me some benefit back then. I have tried several times to stop this medication (Zoloft) with my doctor’s help, as I felt I did not need to take this medication any longer. My daughter is now a beautiful 13 year old and Mom has learned to manage depression/anxiety symptoms through prayer, meditation, crystal healing, and deep breathing. Each and every time my tapering regimen got down to a small dose every other day before stopping completely, the side effects started. Brain zaps, disorientation, could not get out of bed and function, incoherent, etc. I gave up after the third try a few years ago, and really hated that the only reason I was taking this medication was because I was addicted and could not get off of it without horrible side effects. For the past few years, I kept myself at the minimum dosage level that I was not experiencing side effects at (50mg.). I did not allow myself to go up to the 150 mg. dose I had been taking for so long. Just enough that I could avoid withdrawal symptoms. Earlier this year, I started researching a regimen that includes amino acids and vitamins. I used this regimen successfully and was able to stop the antidepressants with virtually no side effects. I have been Zoloft free now for the first time since 2001, and i’m elated. I know not everything works for everyone, but this did work for me, and I feel better than I have in a long time. I wish I had known about this sooner. I would be happy to share my regimen with anyone who wishes me to – just reply to this comment and i’ll be happy to share with anyone who wants off of this junk but can’t because of horrible withdrawal symptoms like I experienced.

    • Woodland Echo

      Wow, I am glad you were able to escape that nightmare, it is so wrong what they are doing to innocent people..

  • Piglet

    [#20 Antidepressant use has been linked to mass shootings in America over and over and over again, and yet the mainstream media is eerily quiet about this. Is it because they don’t want to threaten one of their greatest sources of advertising revenue?]

    Absolutely! What TV network is going to antagonize such a lucrative stream of advertising money? As you wrote, “We are talking about piles of money larger than most people would ever dare to imagine.”

  • D.B

    Psychotropic drugs prescribed by doctors for psychiatric reasons are dangerous. I do not belive in using them.

  • Cindy Richelle Faryniak

    How much longer before americans are being forced to take these drugs? Forced medical care, it is becoming a reality! Why do you think the government forced us all to buy health insurance?