Monday, February 13, 2012

today's problem: legal drugs

not too sure what mr. bennet is talking about, but every year thousands of americans die from legal drugs, typically overdosing on their prescriptions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: some are celebrities and some are not. the CDC reports prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions: in 1999, prescription drug abuse caused 4,000 deaths and by 2008, that number increased to 15,000 people. in 2009, drugs exceeded the amount of traffic-related deaths, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide. well over 90% of americans take prescription drugs of some sort. the CDC also reports that nonmedical use of prescription drugs costs the U.S. medical system $72.5 billion annually in health care costs. to quote my favorite medical professional, dr. funkenstein "the bigger the headache the bigger the pill"...

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