The Drugging Of America Summarized In 19 Mind-Altering Facts

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Submitted by Michael Snyder of The American Dream blog,

The American people are the most drugged people in the history of the planet.  Illegal drugs get most of the headlines, but the truth is that the number of Americans that are addicted to legal drugs is far greater than the number of Americans that are addicted to illegal drugs.  As you will see below, close to 70 percent of all Americans are currently on at least one prescription drug.  In addition, there are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol” and 22 million Americans that use illegal drugs.  What that means is that almost everyone that you meet is going to be on something.  That sounds absolutely crazy but it is true. 

We are literally being drugged out of our minds.  In fact, as you will read about below, there are 70 million Americans that are taking “mind-altering drugs” right now.  If it seems like most people cannot think clearly these days, it is because they can’t.  We love our legal drugs and it is getting worse with each passing year.  And considering the fact that big corporations are making tens of billions of dollars peddling their drugs to the rest of us, don’t expect things to change any time soon.  The following are 19 statistics about the drugging of America that are almost too crazy to believe…

#1 An astounding 70 million Americans are taking legal mind-altering drugs right now.

#2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants during 2010.

#3 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#4 Americans spent more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.

#5 According to the CDC, approximately 9 out of every 10 Americans that are at least 60 years old say that they have taken at least one prescription drug within the last month.

#6 There are 60 million Americans that “abuse alcohol”.

#7 According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 22 million Americans use illegal drugs.

#8 Incredibly, more than 11 percent of all Americans that are 12 years of age or older admit that they have driven home under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year.

#9 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an unintentional drug overdose death in the United States every 19 minutes.

#10 In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

#11 According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.

#12 According to Alternet, “11 of the 12 new-to-market drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration were priced above $100,000 per-patient per-year” in 2012.

#13 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#14 Many of these antidepressants contain warnings that “suicidal thoughts” are one of the side effects that should be expected.  The suicide rate for Americans between the ages of 35 and 64 rose by close to 30 percent between 1999 and 2010.  The number of Americans that are killed by suicide now exceeds the number of Americans that die as a result of car accidents every year.

#15 In 2010, the average teen in the United States was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

#16 Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

#17 A shocking Government Accountability Office report discovered that approximately one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at least one psychiatric drug.

#18 A survey conducted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that more than 15 percent of all U.S. high school seniors abuse prescription drugs.

#19 It turns out that dealing drugs is extremely profitable.  The 11 largest pharmaceutical companies combined to rake in approximately $85,000,000,000 in profits in 2012.

In America today, doctors are trained that there are just two potential solutions to any problem.  Either you prescribe a pill or you cut someone open.  Surgery and drugs are pretty much the only alternatives they offer us.

And an endless barrage of television commercials have trained all of us to think that there is a “pill for every problem”.

Are you in pain?

Just take a pill.

Are you feeling blue?

Just take a pill.

Do you need a spark in your marriage?

Just take a pill.

And most Americans assume that all of these pills are perfectly safe.

After all, the government would never approve something that wasn’t safe, right?

Sadly, what most Americans don’t realize is that there is a revolving door between big pharmaceutical corporations and the government agencies that supposedly “regulate” them.  Many of those that are now in charge of our “safety” have spent their entire careers peddling legal drugs to all of us.

We have become a nation of drugged out zombies, and it is all perfectly legal.  The funny thing is that many of these “legal drugs” have just slightly different formulations from their “illegal” counterparts.

If more Americans understood what they were actually taking, would that cause them to stop?

Perhaps some would, but for the most part Americans are totally in love with their drugs and giving them up would not be easy.

Just ask anyone that has tried.

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deflator's picture

 used to think alcohol abuse was when someone accidentally spilled a beer.

Headbanger's picture

Wow man... Farmed out dude...



Major Major Major's picture

the drugs aren't going to do themselves

Skateboarder's picture

I've had the displeasure of seeing one of my friends in the hospital in a two-week coma (much of it artificially induced) after ODing on pills a second time. There won't be a third time because he knows he will die (and he changed his behavior accordingly). Guess what the fucked up part is? He works a regular autoshop job where the company drug tests. He has to have some drugs (his prescriptions) in his piss, but can't have the bud-dha in there.

"Be drugged or lose your job."

bigPharma has neutered us.

Pool Shark's picture



#2 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors wrote more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants during 2010.


Maybe, but half of those prescriptions were for Lindsey Lohan...


AlaricBalth's picture

Brave New World or Afraid New World?

"There's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. " Aldous Huxley

TeamDepends's picture

And when IT hits the fan and the soma trains stop running?????  What are these people going to do?  All part of the plan.....

johnQpublic's picture

it was just about then derp twattly dinka derpa derpa dumb


edit: buurrrp, twink dot terdely do wa

NoDebt's picture

Legalized theft.

Legalized corruption.

Legalized drugs.

It all fits.

silvermail's picture

Legalized theft.

Legalized corruption.

Legalized drugs.

It all fits.

These are all signs exclusive nation's, with exclusive role in the world.

philipat's picture

And the Corporatocracy will not allow anything to change. Big Pharma's dirty little secret is that 80%+ of all profits accrue from just one market: The US, which comprises 4% of the world's total population. This is, of course, just one of the fundamental healthcare cost issues that Obamacre did nothing to address, largely because it was written by Big Pharma and The Health Insurance Industry, both of which had (incorrectly as it turns out), assumed that Governemnt would be competent enough to implement a law which would compel all to enroll, thereby increasing their consumers by up to 30 Million.

NemoDeNovo's picture

And people want to thorw a Shit-Fit about 'legalizing' Cannabis????  Fucking Hypocrites.

CheapBastard's picture

'Please gib me 500 mg moar of Oxymoron Tabs...please, doc, the pain is killing me......I promise this is the last time I'll ask....'

...and so on.....

All Risk No Reward's picture

In the former USA, FDA approved drugs kill over 100,000 people a year and temporarily or permanently maim another 2,000,000 annually.*

BTW, that's a 9/11 death toll about every 10 days or so.

*These are correctly taken drugs...  they just kill and maim people!

Fish Gone Bad's picture

80% of heart disease is attributable to alcohol use.  Once a person develops congestive heart failure, they get put on 5 meds.  Digoxin, Lasix, Potassium, Benazepril, and something for whatever arrhythmia they probably also have, so lets throw quinidine under the bus.  NONE of these meds are recreational in the least. 

The Vineyard's picture

I need to be on drugs.  My demons have demons.  Bitches.

GetZeeGold's picture





Gonna have to drive home......I'm way to screwed up to walk.


I'm a professional on a closed course....don't try this at home.

StychoKiller's picture

My wife deals with Doc Shoppers all the time, trying to con painkiller prescriptions out of her.

GIANTKILR's picture

This is the funniest film I have seen about drug and alcohol abuse......that line is in there!!!!

Never One Roach's picture

I was on a jury one time where the young fellow had a history of FIVE DWIs.....luckily, the jury locked him up this time when he almost hit a parked car with a mother and kids in it. The judge said it's mandatory 5 year jail sentence...but seems like jail doors swing all the time with these creeps in out fast like in that Dukakis commercial years ago.

double 007's picture

i am so glad everybody is so healthy and so mentally stable on the threads wow u all are truly blessed

Element's picture

With 300 million guns it might be preferable to accept allowing crazies to get ripped of their faces and too bent to organize a toasted ham sandwich, let alone a revolution.

And don't forget, this is a Great Depression that's masquerading as a 'recovery', and every self-respecting Great Depression should have at least one recovery.

So these are really recovering drug users.

mjcOH1's picture

"And when IT hits the fan and the soma trains stop running?????  What are these people going to do? ."


Two tricks for a Ritalin?

NoDebt's picture

My understanding from a previous ZH article is that you use your food stamps to buy cases of soda, sell them for 50c on the dollar and then use that cash to buy drugs.  Somewhere in there is also sex for drugs and/or money, as it always is.

mjcOH1's picture

"My understanding from a previous ZH article is that you use your food stamps to buy cases of soda, sell them for 50c on the dollar and then use that cash to buy drugs"


I thought it was Tide.   Maybe there's an upstart in the EBT-abuse economy.

NoDebt's picture

No, the Tide thing was related to theft of over-road cargo trailers.

Who says there isn't a thriving black market already in the US?

amberwavesofsomething's picture

"Whose got mo money den they know what to do with? The GUB-MINT!"

Stackers's picture

A blunt a day keeps the doctor away

superflex's picture

The thought of Jellin, Bernank, Dimon and Blankfein's heads on a pike is my drug.

Sour Cindy too.

NemoDeNovo's picture

I totally agree with you, but there are still those that 'think' Cannabis is a bigger problem then this - LOL.  [de]Criminalize Cannabis NOW, think of all the good it would do and the lives that could be saved.

max2205's picture

Pills don't kill. ...people kill

Debt-Is-Not-Money's picture

Doctors kill!

For the a-holes that down-voted me:

Since I was close to being one of these statistics at least three times in my lifetime, for me it's personal.

jaap's picture

i'll take the red pill

zhandax's picture

They don't do the red pill/ blue pill thing anymore.  Now there is an app for that.

Trucker Glock's picture

The red is just a coating for asthetics.  The pills are the same under the colored coating.

Wahooo's picture

Doesn't surprise me. Had there been antidepressants during Thoreau's "lives of desperation" days, the percent of pill-takers would have been the same. There's only so much gratifying personal Liberty to be had, the rest is shit.

foodisgood's picture

Food is a drug.

ZH is a drug.

Religion is a drug.

Pills, weed and blow are what folks use to turn off connection to others in real life.

All you fuckin naggers here are addicted to the idea that everyone else is the problem.

Go look in the fukin mirror and ask Your Maker for forgiveness and then go do something for someone that Costs more than what you get back.

You are disconnected by CHOICE cause you are too connected to the darkness of usury.


thamnosma's picture

So what big pharma cocktail are you on?

GetZeeGold's picture



Judging from the guess would be some sort of inhalant.


For the indoctrinated......that would be paint thinner fumes.

foodisgood's picture

Is it true that now the 5th, 6th, or 7th time Tyler has kicked IAMSLATTERY to the curb he has found a back door to tylers den without his approval?

If so it only goes to show the true impotence he has in the only worthy aspect of his efforts - the comment section that give him any validity.

Too fun!!!

foodisgood's picture

Hey tylers YOU SUCK!


You suck off others who work for a living just like those whom you nag incesentaly about.


fxrxexexdxoxmx's picture

all of them. my insurance plan has a waiver from Obama

shovelhead's picture

I threw you in the dumpster...

And I DO feel better.

Thanks for the tip.


General Decline's picture

I don't do cocaine. I just love the way it smells.

Headbanger's picture


What's with all this seriousness shit about drugs??

None of these people bitching were even born in '69!