In the News (from End of the American Dream): “According to the New York Times, more than 30 million Americans are currently taking antidepressants. Americans account for about five percent of the global population, but we buy more than 50 percent of the pharmaceutical drugs.
“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.
“Americans also consume a whopping 80 percent of all prescription painkillers.
“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 upon millions of Americans that find themselves hooked on drugs that they cannot kick,
“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.
“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.”
My Comment: As long as the drugs are bought with money, their consumption will only increase and Americans will be taught to use them.