“The U.S.—which comprises only 5% of the world’s population—consumes 75% of the world’s prescription drugs,”

  • metta

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    Sep 15, 2016 4:43 AM GMT
    “The U.S.—which comprises only 5% of the world’s population—consumes 75% of the world’s prescription drugs,”

    http://www.painmedicinenews.com/Article/PrintArticle?articleID=36095
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    Sep 15, 2016 1:48 PM GMT
    Perhaps US women shouldn't use birth control pills to control their periods.

    Many men on Medicare and Medicaid resell their Viagra prescriptions.

    Many prescription medications in the US are available under different names without prescriptions in other countries.

    This is another Liberal Trojan Horse to legalize marijuana and other illegal drugs.
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    Sep 15, 2016 3:47 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidPerhaps US women shouldn't use birth control pills to control their periods.

    Many men on Medicare and Medicaid resell their Viagra prescriptions.

    Many prescription medications in the US are available under different names without prescriptions in other countries.

    This is another Liberal Trojan Horse to legalize marijuana and other illegal drugs.


    *Even* if it were - why is marijuana illegal? Because someone decided (based on false information) that it is. Why is a death-causing prescription narcotic legal? Because someone decided (sometimes due to massive donations) that it is. The universe doesn't label chemicals with little signs stating legality, legality is *decided*. Why are steroids illegal? The answer given by the Dr. that is responsible for drug policy "Because I think they should be". Not a specific medical or scientific reason - in fact, this stance is in opposition to the medical association recommendation. In other countries they are legal, or regulated differently, so it's not as if it's a cut and dry stance.

    Unless you're basing your decisions on what is/should be legal on science and logic, you're basically falling back on the old "I don't like it, so you can't have it" argument, which means that illegal/legal is basically someone's whim, and should be ignored.


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    Sep 15, 2016 3:53 PM GMT
    mx5guynj saidPerhaps US women shouldn't use birth control pills to control their periods.

    Many men on Medicare and Medicaid resell their Viagra prescriptions.

    Many prescription medications in the US are available under different names without prescriptions in other countries.

    This is another Liberal Trojan Horse to legalize marijuana and other illegal drugs.

    I was told Viagra wasn't covered by Social Security-Medicare. Nor will my Medicare supplement cover it. Same with my VA health coverage. I learned this during my prostate cancer treatment, when I experienced ED for the first time in my life. And that stuff is damn expensive otherwise. Finally OK now, after all the therapy was completed, so I don't need Viagra today, anyway.
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    Sep 15, 2016 4:56 PM GMT
    The quality of the article is poor.

    It switches between the whole and the part, from prescription drugs to prescription pain drugs.
    Does the US consume 75% of prescription pain drugs?
    What % of the world allows marijuana use or other non-prescription painkiller?
    Is prescription a prescription for capitalism?

    Is it more painful to live in the U.S. than in other countries, therefore the consumption (capitalism, yea!) is justified.

    Isn't it painful to know the government will not admit that the Twin Towers and Building #7 was brought down by explosions, demolished and incinerated, without telling people to Keep Out and clearing the area. The U.S., the U.K., our allies, Israel can see and tell what happened 9/11/01?

    Isn't it painful to know that our military men did not stop it but let their civilian brothers (firefighters) rush in?

    Isn't it painful for the US to outsource SO many jobs, as individuals try to hold on to their patriotism but corporations do not show patriotism by keeping jobs here.

    The list can go on.
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    Sep 15, 2016 5:02 PM GMT
    Isn't it painful to know that at one time US tax dollars went to MKUltra and the spread of LSD?

    Isn't it painful to know that the financial system, somewhere within itself, did not maintain mortgage standards in 2007?
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    Sep 15, 2016 7:51 PM GMT
    Yea & big pharma buys out all our media. America rather swallow the blue pill and live in their superficial bubble of colossal lies and illusions of choice.
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    Sep 16, 2016 4:24 AM GMT
    Doctor9 said
    mx5guynj saidPerhaps US women shouldn't use birth control pills to control their periods.

    Many men on Medicare and Medicaid resell their Viagra prescriptions.

    Many prescription medications in the US are available under different names without prescriptions in other countries.

    This is another Liberal Trojan Horse to legalize marijuana and other illegal drugs.


    *Even* if it were - why is marijuana illegal? Because someone decided (based on false information) that it is. Why is a death-causing prescription narcotic legal? Because someone decided (sometimes due to massive donations) that it is. The universe doesn't label chemicals with little signs stating legality, legality is *decided*. Why are steroids illegal? The answer given by the Dr. that is responsible for drug policy "Because I think they should be". Not a specific medical or scientific reason - in fact, this stance is in opposition to the medical association recommendation. In other countries they are legal, or regulated differently, so it's not as if it's a cut and dry stance.

    Unless you're basing your decisions on what is/should be legal on science and logic, you're basically falling back on the old "I don't like it, so you can't have it" argument, which means that illegal/legal is basically someone's whim, and should be ignored.



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    Yea, I want the doctor treating me to be using pot:

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    Yea, I want the plane I'm on built and flown by potheads:

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    Did you know, there's a clear link between testicular cancer and marijuana use:

    https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-are-marijuanas-effects-general-physical-health
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    Sep 16, 2016 9:09 AM GMT
    My retirement is now based on every gay man getting on PrEP and HIV drugs and staying on them. Don't let me down.
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    Sep 16, 2016 3:19 PM GMT
    No psycho-babble, just drug them.

    What is that about?

    Attention deficit can be treated with drugs.
    Psychobabble can figure out why children cannot pay attention.
    But, doctors only have 30 minutes to work with desperate parents, who along with the parents "do not have time" for Psychology.
    "I want to be taller, now."
    "I prescribe that you put on platform shoes. That will make you taller, now."
    So the drugs given to children did make them pay attention better--and gave them a medical label.
    Another parent put her child in a gifted program.
    That child became taller without drugs.

    He put his penis pic (or was it a headless pic) on Craigslist, Adam4Adam, Manhunt, NSA, no time for endless emails, Now!
    Did that build friendship and community? Was it wholesome? Or, was it a pill for a larger or more sophisticated root cause?
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 17, 2016 12:15 AM GMT
    StephenOABC saidThe quality of the article is poor.

    It switches between the whole and the part, from prescription drugs to prescription pain drugs.
    Does the US consume 75% of prescription pain drugs?
    What % of the world allows marijuana use or other non-prescription painkiller?
    Is prescription a prescription for capitalism?

    Is it more painful to live in the U.S. than in other countries, therefore the consumption (capitalism, yea!) is justified.

    Isn't it painful to know the government will not admit that the Twin Towers and Building #7 was brought down by explosions, demolished and incinerated, without telling people to Keep Out and clearing the area. The U.S., the U.K., our allies, Israel can see and tell what happened 9/11/01?

    Isn't it painful to know that our military men did not stop it but let their civilian brothers (firefighters) rush in?

    Isn't it painful for the US to outsource SO many jobs, as individuals try to hold on to their patriotism but corporations do not show patriotism by keeping jobs here.

    The list can go on.
    Thank you
    +2,000,000
  • MuscledHorse

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    Sep 19, 2016 4:25 AM GMT
    Wow! the comments here run far afield of the original article. The statistic the article quotes is the wrong one. As pointed out, above, they cite the total prescription volume but focus on pain medication abuse. That stat is actually 4.6% of with world's population but 80% of its opioid supply. A lot of finger pointing is in order here but the reality is the whole affair is more like a Victor Hugo novel where everyone is guilty. Drug companies have pushed the medications on prescribers and then, thanks to law changes in the 1990's, the general public through direct-to-consumer advertising. Such advertising made things even easier to sell drugs to a scientifically and nutritionally ignorant general population, most of whose best knowledge of food and health is to run from one wallet draining exercise, diet and/or drug fad to the next. And now the the drug companies have a welath of people addicted to the drugs (don't think for a minute Purdue didn't know what was happening with Oxycontin and saved the tamper proof version until the patent on the original formulation had expired and a generic (briefly) became available. Now there's money to be made of overdose and what looks like pubic health legislation has been passed so life saving naloxone can be given to overdosing consumers. IN reality, this long existing drug now retails for the kind of insane money that has brought Mylan's Epi-Pen so much unfavorable press. The drug companies are still raking it in. For more on this I recommend the following documentaries: The Oxycontin Express (you can see this award winning documentary on youtube now for free) and its equally brilliant followup, Gateway to Heroin (which is now gripping the areas where --codone supplies have been cut off and this doc is also now on youtube) and lastly Prescription Thugs, made by the same guy that did Bigger Stronger Faster.
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    Sep 21, 2016 11:32 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    mx5guynj saidPerhaps US women shouldn't use birth control pills to control their periods.

    Many men on Medicare and Medicaid resell their Viagra prescriptions.

    Many prescription medications in the US are available under different names without prescriptions in other countries.

    This is another Liberal Trojan Horse to legalize marijuana and other illegal drugs.

    I was told Viagra wasn't covered by Social Security-Medicare. Nor will my Medicare supplement cover it. Same with my VA health coverage. I learned this during my prostate cancer treatment, when I experienced ED for the first time in my life. And that stuff is damn expensive otherwise. Finally OK now, after all the therapy was completed, so I don't need Viagra today, anyway.


    Coverage depends on which Medicare Plan you have.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Sep 26, 2016 12:25 AM GMT
    Let's just face harsh reality, most Americans are friggin drug addictsicon_wink.gif
  • MuscledHorse

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    Oct 12, 2016 4:15 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidLet's just face harsh reality, most Americans are friggin drug addictsicon_wink.gif

    and direct to consumer drug ads, poor diets and lack of physical activity have lined the drug company pockets in the process