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Overmedication in America

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Americans as a whole depend far too much on medication and have become over-medicated. Prescription Poisons Pros of Medicine Danger, Will Robinson Works Cited Penicillin is an antibiotic that kills bacteria and prevent very serious and deadly infections (DeNoon).
Medicine had been one of the key factors in increasing longevity.
Often times, the cause of a chronic illness is a lack of a certain kind of nutrient in the diet. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals allows the body to absorb necessary nutrition and gives it energy to actually function instead of just slugging along.

Daily exercise keeps the cardiovascular and muscular system in tip-top shape and prevents life-threatening cardiovascular diseases.

Carpenter, Siri. "The Epidemic of Overmedication." Msnbc.com. National Broadcasting Company, 17 Nov. 2008. Web. 07 Mar. 2013.

"Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs Chart." Www.drugabuse.gov. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Sept. 2002. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.DeNoon, Daniel J.

"The 10 Most Important Drugs."Www.WebMD.com. WebMD, n.d. Web. 07 Mar. 2013.Kotz, Deborah.

"Overmedication: Are Americans Taking Too Many Drugs?" Health.usnews.com. U.S.News & World Report, 07 Oct. 2010. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.

"Medicine Plays a Key Role in Improving Health While Reducing Avoidable Costs." Www.phrma.org. PhRMA, Jan. 2012. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.O'Connor, Eileen M.

"Medicating ADHD: Too Much? Too Soon?" Apa.org. American Psychological Association, Dec. 2001. Web. 14 Feb. 2013.Schwarz, Alan.

"Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions." Nytimes.com. The New York Times, 2 Feb. 2013. Web. 14 Feb. 2013. Mountains of Prescriptions Approximately 61 percent of adults, more than half of the United States population, swallow down at least one drug to treat “a chronic health problem” (Kotz 1).

People seem to forget about- or ignore- the side-effects of taking multiple drugs.

Vioxx Vioxx had to be recalled after researched realized that it caused between 18,000 and 139,000 heart attacks during the five years it was prescribed (Kotz 2) Penicillin Too much penicillin actually causes bacteria to build up resistance to the drug, creating a new strain of super-bacteria that is even harder to kill (DeNoon 15). Siri Carpenter's Mom Taking multiple drugs together causes adverse side-effects inside the body.

Siri Carpenter’s mother used to take thirty-two pills in per day, every day, but she never felt any better. In fact, her physical condition worsened to the point where she had severe memory lapses by the time she was sixty-one.

Carpenter learned that her mother had twenty-seven drug interactions in her body including medicine for acid reflux which prevented her body from breaking down vital drugs. Instead of helping her, the medication actually caused memory lapse, fatigue, and abdominal swelling, (Carpenter). Addictions 84 percent of children with attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder receive medication at some point in their life (O’Conner), which, considering the age frame of these kids, is especially alarming. There is simply no telling how medicine, particularly medicine meant to control behavior, can affect anybody’s mind, let alone a child’s. The Tragedy of Richard Fee Richard Fee was a young man that became dangerously addicted to Vyvanse and Adderall, a medication meant of people with ADHD, and since tests of ADHD are absurdly inaccurate, Fee was more than likely misdiagnosed by a careless doctor. Fee’s behavior became increasingly erratic as he took Adderall. He would climb out of his window in the middle of the night to “converse with the moon and stars”.

When the pills ran out, he’d be dead to the world, sleeping for forty-eight hours straight.

Yet, his doctor continued to prescribe Lee Adderall. Richard Lee “hanged himself on his bedroom closet two weeks after they expired” (Schwarz). Figure 1 "Commonly Abused Prescription" Medicine isn’t always the answer, and it isn’t always necessary.   Something Different
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