drug problems in America

17 05 2006

There’s a growing problem of drug addiction among the elderly in America, according to this report.  In 1999, there were 2.5 million people aged 50 or older with substance abuse problems, and that number is growing.  It’s mostly using prescription drugs, but there’s also an increase of heroin and cocaine addiction at the front-end of the baby boomer wave.

I think our country is becoming way too dependent on drugs — of over-the-counter, prescription, and illicit varieties.  The other day I heard several people talking about how they take 6 types of drugs per day, and these people were in their 30s and 40s.  Whatever happened to people just toughing it out?  So many of these drugs have serious side-effects, and even if you don’t see a visible side-effect, it could be doing things in your body that you don’t want (hence all the warnings).  And also, though I can’t prove it, I suspect most of the drugs prescribed aren’t necessary.

These days many kids in school are prescribed drugs because they’re restless or get distracted.  Has it ever occurred to those doctors that kids are just like that sometimes?  And that the parents also have a part to play in how their child develops socially and emotionally?  But these days our society wants to blame something else (besides the person or their parents) for the problem and then prescribe drugs to help it.  And so the problems are never solved — just repressed under all this talk.  And thus the seeds are sown for even worse situations in the future.  We shouldn’t be so naive to think these things have just happened… what our parents did affected us, and what we do will affect the next generation.  If we don’t deal with the drug problems in our country, it’s only going to get worse…




2 responses

17 05 2006

True dat!

17 05 2006

Check out this story. It seems even though Paxil comes with the warning of suicide as a side-effect they are still saying the benefits outweigh the risks…


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