Should America Need More Drugs Than Everyone Else? Essay

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There is a major problem in this country that is not publicized by any major media outlet. In fact, it is almost as if the problem is actively ignored and swept under the rug. We are at war with drugs not the illegal drugs that are actively policed every day, but drugs prescribed by trusted medical doctors. The United States population consumes more prescription drugs than any other country in the world. In 2010 America alone accounted for over eighty percent of the global intake of prescription drugs (Zennie). That’s more than 110 tons of drugs being prescribed every year, which would be enough to give every single person in this country 64 pills. How can America need so much more drugs than everyone else in the world? The answer is simple we do not, but these drugs are continuously promoted and prescribed to the American public. This problem continues to increase exponentially, in the last ten years the consumption of these drugs have grown over 600% (Zennie). It is the governments job to raise awareness on this major problem effecting the American public. There are three ways the government can start to solve this problem: Starting a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs, increasing scrutiny of doctors when it comes to prescribing drugs, and the discontinuation of advertising prescription drugs. The American public is led to believe that illegal drugs are one of the biggest problems in this country, while this is true when compared to prescription

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