Over 70% of the US population uses at least one form of prescription drugs.
June 24th, 2013
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Teens and youngsters especially are abusing pills hyped by celebrity icons such as rapperÂ EminemÂ and others. The song âPillsâ touches on this fact.
The drug scene is glamorized byÂ HollywoodÂ and the music industry making kidsÂ curious. However, the zombieÂ apocalypseÂ doesnât stop there. According toÂ OffGridSurvival.com, âThe numbers are actually pretty disturbing; according to anotherÂ report,Â 1 out of every Â 5 U.S. adults is taking at least one behavioral pharmaceutical drug and more than one in four women is taking at least one mood altering medication.â
Another scary aspect to know is the fact thatÂ more people die each year from prescription drugs than illegal drugs or car accidents, signifying a clear problem.
Dr. MercolaÂ writes, âDeath by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and Americaâs âwar on drugsâ is clearly directed at the wrong enemy!
Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed.
The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics, the most recent available, showed:
- For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents
- 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents
- Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69
Again, these drug-induced fatalities are not being driven by illegal street drugs; the analysis found that the most commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.â
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