In October of 2011 the National Center for Health Statistics released a report which stated that the number of people in the United States with prescriptions for antidepressants increased more than 400% from 1988 to 2008. Prescriptions for amphetamine-based drugs used to treat ADD and ADHD saw a similar increase just between 1996 and 1999. Over-prescription of antibiotics has led the Center for Disease Control to call antibiotic resistance a major health problem in the U.S. The average American takes 12 prescription drugs a year, compared to seven twenty years ago. We are taking enough prescription drugs that they are appearing in measurable quantities in our waste water.
Sadly, our health, mental or physical is no better. We are overweight and unhappy, and choking in the cost of our own medical care. We still love MacDonald's and beer and we still don't exercise. Our use of prescription drugs has become a symptom of our greater illness. Take pause. Take a walk. Take care of yourself. Sometimes there is no magic pill.