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Medicated to Death

Medicated to DEATH Americans are increasingly prescribed medications that help them get more sleep, feel less stress and have more energy to accomplish a seemingly endless list of daily tasks. But is this really a good thing? Let's take a look at how overmedication can be affecting our health. State of Health How much medication are we taking, and why? 111 Nearly 7 in 10 1 in 5 Americans who take at least People who take five or more one prescription drug prescriptions 100 million Americans affected by chronic pain? - 1,000,000 1 in 4 American adults who are unhappy with their sleep 4 in 5 Americans prescribed antibiotics each year 6 patterns 4 80 60 million Proportion of the world's painkillers Prescriptions Americans filled for sleeping pills in 2011, up from 47 million in 2006 5 consumed in the United States 3 The Risks of Overmedication 40% 2 million People who become addicted to benzodiazepines (like some sleeping pills or anxiety medication) after taking them daily for more than 6 weeks Annual number of drug-resistant bacterial infections in the US, 8 Every 19 minutes, a person dies from prescription drug overdose Causes of Overmedication? Every patient is different, but some common themes emerge in considering potential overmedication: Rapidly aging population, which means more people Cost of expensive testing vs. prescription costs Increase in chronic conditions, like heart disease and diabetes need to take medications SOURCES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Medicated to Death

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We are a society that believes that there’s a pill for every pain, and the statistics behind medication use prove it. has created an infographic detailing the statistics b...


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