If you are an American with health insurance, chances are greater than fifty percent that you are on a prescribed medication.
Is it natural that more than half of the insured population is on medication?
How many prescription pills do you pop a day?
Drugs are embedded in our sub-cultures and values systems, but I wonder if we are too obsessed with pills solving our health problems instead of employing impulse control and behavior modification.
Medco’s data show that last year, 51 percent of American children and adults were taking one or more prescription drugs for a chronic condition, up from 50 percent the previous four years and 47 percent in 2001. Most of the drugs are taken daily, although some are needed less often.
The company examined prescription records from 2001 to 2007 of a representative sample of 2.5 million customers, from newborns to the elderly.
Medication use for chronic problems was seen in all demographic groups:
– Almost two-thirds of women 20 and older.
– One in four children and teenagers.
– 52 percent of adult men.
– Three out of four people 65 or older.
Among seniors, 28 percent of women and nearly 22 percent of men take five or more medicines regularly.
Are modern medications healing or hurting us?
Are we defeating the evolutionary ideal of “survival of the fittest” by providing the means and hope for less-vibrant life forces to survive well beyond their natural end?
Do new medications make us less human by repressing the normal feelings, emotions, and systemic behaviors that make us mortal and fallible?
If you could take a pill that would prevent all your pain, but not protect you from disease, would you swallow that barter or not?