Heroin, heroin, heroin. It is all we are hearing about. In the midst of all the heroin overdoses we need not forget about the other drugs. They are running rampant among Americans, young and old. They kill more people than heroin. And some of them are even legal. Forget about heroin for a second and come with us on the journey towards the next 19 crazy drug facts that will blow your mind.
1. So heroin is an epidemic right? Well check out these numbers. 70 million Americans are taking LEGAL mind-altering drugs right now.
2. The prescription drug epidemic is still upon us even with the recent crackdowns. According to the CDC, doctors wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants in 2010.
3. Oh and it gets just a tad bit more shocking. According to a study done by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70% of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug. And a 20 percent of all Americans are on AT LEAST FIVE prescription drugs.
4. Where’s all the money going? Well, Americans spent more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs in 2013. Big pharma means big money.
5. It affects everyone. According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.
6. Oh and we can’t forget about alcohol. There are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol.” That means there are 60 million Americans who are not drinking alcohol they way they should be drinking it.
7. And illegal drugs? Well, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, 22 million Americans use (present day) illegal drugs.
8. Worried yet. Just wait. More than 11% 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. What????
9. Back to overdose. According to the CDC, there is an unintentional drug overdose DEATH, in the US every 19 minutes. So while you’re in the shower, on your lunch break, whatever, someone dies from a drug overdose and someone else will 20 minutes after that.
10. More money issues. According to Alternet, “11 of the 12 new-to-market drugs approved by the FDA were priced above 100,000 dollars per patient per year” in 2012. Excuse me?
11. They are spending all that money to have adverse reactions too. 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. And if you thought heroin was bad..In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. Probably because there are so many damn people taking them.
13. The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world. Not that surprising…but still.
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. So more people are purposely killing themselves instead of on accident. Great.
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. That means the average teen was high on speed, crack, meth, whatever you want to call it, the fact is they were on amphetamines.
16. 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. This was my high school experience. Was it yours?
17. 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. Just read that very large number out loud. How do you feel?
18. Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are. And just a heads up people, pills don’t fix the problem they only cover up symptoms of it. Pills are not solutions which is exactly what the pharma companies make money off of, not making you better, just covering up the fact that you aren’t well. If you get well, they don’t get paid.
19. 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.
Think about this for a while, then get off your Duff and do something about it.