America: The Most Medicated Nation In The World – 259 Million Prescriptions Per Year

America: The Most Medicated Nation In The World - 259 Million Prescriptions Per Year

America: The Most Medicated Nation In The World – 259 Million Prescriptions Per Year

More than 30 million Americans take antidepressants

Middle aged women are the demo with the highest rate of anti-depressant usage: 1 out of every 4 women in their 40s and 50s takes an antidepressant medication

More than 50 percent of the pharmaceutical drugs purchased in the world are purchased by Americans; America makes up only 5% of the global population

80 percent of all prescription painkillers consumed globally are actually consumed by Americans

Doctors in the US write more than 259 million prescriptions for painkillers each year

Americans spend more than 120 billion dollars a year on anti-depressant drugs and over 51 million people (one in six people) take more than three medications daily. In the past 10 years in the US, there has been a 60% increase in drug dispensation. Do 60% more Americans have chemical imbalances than ten years ago? And if so, why? Are “chemical imbalances” permanent? What are the alternatives to medication? And why was Australian actor Heath Ledger on pain killers, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs? Patrick Wanis gives controversial insights live on Sally Jessy Raphael syndicated radio show about why prescription drug use is so high in the US. Patrick also reveals his unique definition of depression and approach to treating it.

Click below to listen to the interview.

 

 

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