In the US, the term ‘New Normal’ comes into fashion, something like “now it’s normal.” Extras and researchers have decided to find out why drinking pills are also a new normal and who benefits. And how it happened that pills with a narcotic effect, such as Vicodin and others, became so popular that they are called “legal drugs”.
The research made by Mayo Clinic described: 70% of all US residents use at least one prescribed medication, 50% – two of them, and every fifth American uses five or even more medicines on prescription. And by 2018, these figures will grow by another 30%. Although today the US accounts for almost a third of the world’s cost of buying drugs, people spend no less than $300 billion each year on pills, swallowing everything they bought. Not surprisingly, every year 1.7 million injuries associated with overdose or side effects of drugs are known to happen in the country. The most frequently prescribed medications in the US are antidepressants and opioid painkillers that can cause addiction, including such heavy ones as Valium, etc. That is, if to put it more simply, all America is addictive to the “legal drugs”.
In the United States, winter holidays are a hot time for not only gift shops, restaurants, and airlines. The ambulance and the offices of psychologists intensively work since the holiday season is a traditional surge of depression and suicide. Depression is the main cause of suicide in the US, and suicide, in turn, is the 11th most common cause of death. With this statistic, pharmacological companies and practicing doctors explain the shocking fact that antidepressants are the most common prescription medication taken by older Americans.
According to the research company IMS Health, in the United States with a population of 317 million people, 270 million prescriptions for antidepressants are prescribed annually. For example, among women of 40-50 years, every fourth uses this remedy.
Decades of massive advertising firmly engraved a simple rule in the brain of Americans: drink a tablet – and you will be happy. It has already reached the point where antidepressants can cause… environmental catastrophe. In some US reservoirs, traces of medicines have been found – in particular, “Prozac”. And this is not the consequences of man-made disasters, negligence or accidents. Drugs fall into the river with sewage. And the system is not equipped to delay such “pollution”.
Recently, a grand scandal broke out in the United States and Great Britain. It turns out that back in 1982 scientists warned that the use of tranquilizers or, more simply, sedatives, leads to the same changes in the brain as chronic alcoholism. A large-scale study of this effect was planned, but for unknown reasons, scientists did not receive the necessary funding.
Moreover, taking popular sedatives from the benzodiazepine class for four or more weeks leads to the same addiction at the physiological level as to heroin. Side effects are also appropriate – hallucinations, headaches, seizures, and death.
The irony of tranquilizers is that they are prescribed for getting rid of the nerves and insomnia, but the longer you drink them, the more nervous you are and the worse you sleep. So, you need to increase the dose all the time. Doctors call the final stage of dependence on benzodiazepines “depersonalization” – loss of interest in life, often leading to suicide.