The Prescription Age

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I usually don’t like a whole lot of Mitch Albom’s writings, but this column takes on a good topic: our medication nation. Albom writes:

Here’s the mentality of our country now: If you have a problem, open a vial. Cholesterol rising? A pill for that. Can’t sleep? A pill for that. Feeling blue? A pill for that. Never mind that these issues were once dealt with by diet, exercise or facing our problems. Today it’s easier — and better for the drug industry — if you just ingest something.

…What level is truly too high for cholesterol? How long is too long for depression? What really determines ADD? The lower the bar, the faster the medication gets prescribed. And if you don’t think the drug industry exerts pressure on those levels, you might want to take another pill: for naïveté.

I suppose this is why the same government that enables Big Pharma and its medical establishment co-conspirators is the same government that has developed a “policy” for fighting prescription drug abuse (see page 48). A snippet from the national drug control strategy (referring to prescription drugs) reads, “National data show that in 2009 the 39,147 drug-induced deaths exceeded deaths from motor vehicle crashes (36,216).” But how much of the drug data is accurately reported and captured? Likely, a small set.

1:35 am on July 23, 2012