This is a pretty epic article, "30 Million Americans On Antidepressants And 21 Other Facts About America’s Endless Pharmaceutical Nightmare". All the stats are sourced in the original article. Here are some of my thoughts on aspects of Americans consuming half the worlds pharmaceutical drugs while constituting only 5% of the world population, a $280 billion market.
Apparently one in four mid-aged women are gobbling up more of these faux-feel-good pills than any other demographic. Likely upset with their hollow existence in sham marriages.
The US consumes 80% of prescription painkillers. Pretty condescending when we are a pain in the ass to the rest of the globe. Also very telling of how agonizing our house of cards construct society is.
A study from the Mayo Clinic revealed 70% of people are on at least on prescription drug and 20% are on five or more. Likely to treat a host of unhealthy ailments and the runaway list of side-effects caused by the deadly and addictive pharmaceuticals. For people aged 60 and over nine in ten have used a prescription drug within a month.
The average teen, on the other end of the age spectrum, is on an average of 1.2 ADHD or depression related drug. A third of foster children, a slighty more unhappy demographic to be in, are on at least one psychiatric drug. High school seniors abuse prescription drugs at a rate of 15%.
Incredibly 95% of medicines created never make it to the market and deemed unsafe. This is a disturbing measure that should incite caution before relying on any pharmaceutical garbage. The article notes the implications of those introduced in the market are not revealed often for years. For instance, Vioxx it turned out caused stroke and cardiac arrest. Here is a well sourced article relevant to that point, "35 Prescription Drugs Pulled from the Market".
Turns out the not-so-usual 1 in 68 autism births becomes four times more likely when the mother is on antidepressants. That isn't at all depressing is it? Or how about the 200,000 who die from prescription drugs every year. Unintentional drug overdose deaths happen every 19 minutes. These deaths are 5 times higher than in 1980. Three-quarters of a million people go to the ER for adverse prescription drug effects. More people die from prescription drugs than car accidents. Clearly the antidepressants are working in the sense that if you are dead you can't be depressed. Or if you need to vent via gunfire antidepressants have been implicated in mass shootings.
Don't want to have the lamestream media parade these facts and ruin their evil synergistic relationship with pharmaceutical ad revenues for the people who feel like dirt as a result of the media.
Hail the Pharm Animal Farm!