19 Unbelievable Statistics About The Drugging Of America

Statistics - drugging of america19th February 2014

By Michael Snyder

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

If it seems like most people cannot think clearly these days, it is because they can’t. Americans are literally being drugged out of our minds.

The American people are the most drugged people in the history of the planet. Illegal drugs get most of the headlines, but the truth is that the number of Americans who are addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans who are addicted to illegal drugs.

As you will see below, close to 70 percent of all Americans are currently on at least one prescription drug. In addition, there are 60 million Americans who “abuse alcohol” and 22 million Americans who use illegal drugs. What that means is that almost everyone that you meet is going to be on something. That sounds absolutely crazy but it is true. In fact, there are 70 million Americans taking “mind-altering drugs” right now!

We love our legal drugs and it is getting worse with each passing year. And considering the fact that big corporations are making tens of billions of dollars peddling their drugs, don’t expect things to change any time soon.

The following are 19 statistics about the drugging of America that are almost too crazy to believe….

The Drugging Of America

#1 An astounding 70 million Americans are taking legal mind-altering drugs right now.

#2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants during 2010.

#3 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug. An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#4 Americans spent more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.

#5 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.

#6 There are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol”.

#7 According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.

#8 Incredibly, more than 11 percent of all Americans that are 12 years of age or older admit that they have driven home under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year.

#9 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an unintentional drug overdose death in the United States every 19 minutes.

#10 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#11 According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

#12 According to Alternet, “11 of the 12 new-to-market drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration were priced above $100,000 per-patient per-year” in 2012.

#13 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#14 Many of these antidepressants contain warnings that “suicidal thoughts” are one of the side effects that should be expected. The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 rose by close to 30 percent between 1999 and 2010. The number of Americans that are killed by suicide now exceeds the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents every year.

#15 In 2010, the average teen in the United States was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

#16 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

#17 A shocking Government Accountability Office report discovered that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.

#18 A survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 percent of all U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs.

#19 It turns out that dealing drugs is extremely profitable. The 11 largest pharmaceutical companies combined to rake in approximately $85,000,000,000 ($85B) in profits in 2012.

In America today, doctors are trained that there are just two potential solutions to any problem. Either you prescribe a pill or you cut someone open. Surgery and drugs are pretty much the only alternatives they offer us. And an endless barrage of television commercials have trained all of us to think that there is a “pill for every problem”.

Are you in pain?

Just take a pill.

Are you feeling blue?

Just take a pill.

Do you need a spark in your marriage?

Just take a pill.

And most Americans assume that all of these pills are perfectly safe. After all, the government would never approve something that wasn’t safe, right?

Sadly, what most Americans don’t realize is that there is a revolving door between big pharmaceutical corporations and the government agencies that supposedly “regulate” them. Many of those that are now in charge of our “safety” have spent their entire careers peddling legal drugs to all of us.

We have become a nation of drugged out zombies, and it is all perfectly legal. The funny thing is that many of these “legal drugs” have just slightly different formulations from their “illegal” counterparts.

If more Americans understood what they were actually taking, would that cause them to stop? Perhaps some would, but for the most part Americans are totally in love with their drugs and giving them up would not be easy. Just ask anyone that has tried to kick a pharmaceutical addiction.

So what do you think about the drugging of America? Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below….

About the author:

Michael Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school who has worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years. He is the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and the author of the fiction “The Beginning of the End“, a mystery/thriller set in the United States in the ‘near future’ against a backdrop of massive economic collapse, political corruption, social decay, rioting in the cities and unprecedented natural disasters.

Michael and his wife, Meranda, believe that a great awakening is coming, and they are working to help bring renewal to the United States.

Connect with Michael on Facebook and check out “The Beginning of the End” – available now on Amazon.


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  • This is madness. Aaron Neels, AARP’s “ask a pharmacist” columnist believes that as many as 3 out of 4 cases of Alzheimer’s may be caused by RX drug interactions. I’ve known a few people who have died from their prescriptions drugs.

  • Alex

    I really fail to see any value in articles like this, but I definitely see them as doing a lot of harm. Beyond this being a how-to guide on how to misuse statistics (a list of highly unrelated figures listed without context or meaningful comparison, strung together with a sloppy lack of consistent definitions for such terms as drugs, addiction and abuse and an impressively disturbing inability to acknowledge illness in any meaningful or rational manner; although I will give the author credit for citing sources), I’m talking about the damage articles like this and attitudes like this do towards people with mental illnesses who benefit from taking medication. On the broad topic of “Drugs in America,” there are definitely a ton of valid topics and problems worth exploring. The author isn’t complaining about the effectiveness of drug cocktails in the treatment of AIDS, the advancement in plant-based cancer therapies, nor the invention of a polio vaccine, which are all awesome things about drugs in America, rather he is cherrypicking random factoids about mental illness, big pharma, and addiction and combining them haphazardly to do a great disservice to all three important topics. His resulting “conclusion” that doctors are only “trained that there are just two potential solutions to any problem” is wrong (eg. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, exercise and meditation), and when the closest he comes to offering an alternative is that people stop being zombies, realize what they are taking and stop taking it, he is downright offensive. He implies that there is no such thing as mental illness, at least not one that merits taking a prescribed medication.

  • Greg

    While I respect your views on certain aspects of this article I must take issue with a few things. Firstly, there is no such thing as mental illness! There is however a little book entitled the DSM, or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Published by The American Psychiatric Association, which will classify every sort of human behavior as being a “disorder”and should be medicated for forthwith. These quacks should be driven out of town on a rail, then we could get down to some real awareness of where “mental Illness” comes from. I have personally seen the adverse, let me rephrase that, the shattering effects that psychotropic drugs have on individuals and families and the disappearance of human autonomy in the victims of the Psychiatric predators. As for vaccines like the Polio you mentioned, check out the real story of Polio and the incidental spike of Polio in the States in the 50’s when the vaccine was introduced. Went on to disappear in Europe where the vaccine was not introduced. Only cases of apparent Polio in the Americas since 1990 have been from the vaccine. The virus didn’t disappear, it’s still out there lurking in all those rivers and creeks our grandparents warned us about. fact is, Polio can manifest as a cold or flu or nothing. Only a miniscule percentage ever manifests as a neurologic threat. Do a little research and get a book entitled “Shattered”by Gabor Maté

  • intrstelr

    I am another person who has been prescribed pills in the past, n they are so dangerous, that despite severe health n pain problems, I had to stop anyway… id rather deal with the pain n find other methods to fix it (would have already completely but money is something I don’t have tons of). Natural stuff has helped me tremendously but I still have to find the right combination since I’ve had such severe health problems longterm. Yeah though, I’ve had many close calls with meds. One of many events was being misdiagnosed with hypothyroidism (as 6 million, or billion, others are) since age 14, n given thyroid drugs, told to take them for life. Deadly pills. The pain meds are deadly, with so many chemicals added. Seems most of them are deadly, if not that moment then later. I have realized, after yrs of medical help failing, that scientists just throw whatever into a pill n try to see if it works. Often their ingredients are something that doesn’t make sense n should be wondered about, why they’d think that’d cure anything. It’ll be some random chemicals with no therapeutic properties. They’re just playing with a science lab wondering if it does something. Some pain meds may have opiates, known to help pain, but they also have tons of other chemicals. As for most other pills, its strange that during tests, they give placebos out also, and some subjects believe the fake placebo pills make them better. It’d be the same for people taking these random chemicals n believing it helps. The pills really do not help. Noone I know on pills (n soo many I’ve met are prescribed meds) has healed. If a symptom left, it may be temporarily, or worse symptoms appeared, n its just a vicious cycle. I’m sure there are some prescription pills that work, that aren’t natural, but usually not.

  • intrstelr

    I must add that if the pill does have any desired effects, it will usually also be harming the patient. Taking one symptom and adding 50 others. They are studying a pill made of lavender in europe for pharmaceutical use. As for natural pills in america being prescribed by reg. Drs, I don’t know of any.