Medicine Should Not Be Banned

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Medicine is becoming more and more popular in the United States and many people do not realize that overuse can hurt them. Medicine should only be used for last resort if all else fails, but in today’s world, people use it as a quick fix for every little thing they have. We rely on prescription and over the counter medication way too much for illnesses that are not severe and it is doing more harm than good. To begin with, the United States uses more medication than any other country. A 2010 survey, “revealed that between 1999 and 2009, the number of prescriptions dispensed in the US increased by 39%, from 2.8 billion to 3.9 billion” (Whiteman). It is apparent that it has increased tremendously, which should not be happening. In addition, according to the article, U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective, the United States spends far more on healthcare than other high-income countries. But David Squires, senior researcher at The Commonwealth Fund and Chloe Anderson, a former research associate, found that “despite spending more on health care, Americans had poor health outcomes, including shorter life expectancy and greater prevalence of chronic conditions.” This shows that by taking medication often because we want to be healthier or less sick, we are actually, in fact, doing the opposite. So we should ask ourselves, why do we turn to the pharmacy for help more than other countries do, yet we still become sick more often? Is it really necessary to be on so many

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