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    July 30, 2007

Pharmaceutical drug epidemic amongst the elderly and others -

Depression, impaired driving, falls, Parkinson's, sexual dysfunction, ulcers, lung toxixty, psychoses, delirium, urine leakage all caused by medicine produced and prescribed by a highly educated and trained staff.

"When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail." -Abraham Maslow

Perhaps everyone would be healthier if we just said no and didn't conform to peer pressure.

posted by charlatan to parenting at 10:08 A.M. EST     (5 Comments)

Comments ...

That list pretty much covers nearly every drug prescribed. Our country's population is more over prescribed than ever, and getting worse, fast. There are more kids & teens & adults on some of these drugs, for ADD, hyperactivity, depression than should ever be. There's no reason for parents to think their kids are under more stress now, than WW1, or WW2, or even the Vietnam War, for example. I don't think people are much different now, than they were in the 1800's as far as stress goes. We don't have to deal with Cholera & Diptheria (sp) epidemics (they actually had to shut down schools in the 1800's because of those - people were dying en masse). No, the reason more people are medicated, is two-fold I think. The pharmacutical companies push & advertise drugs, & convince people their drug will cure or help them, or their kids. Doctors prescribe partly so the patients or parents will think he's 'done' something constructive. And it will get worse before it gets better. They're already discussing suggested or mandatory mental health screening for school kids, to check for depression & ADD (questionaires, like for AA, where you choose an anwer out of "always", "sometimes" or "never". If a non depressed person with no attention deficit problems takes that questionaire, it will 'score' them that they 'may be depressed & should seek mental help'. What 'good parent' is going to NOT take little Suzy to the shrink, who will prescribe drugs (even if only to avoid a lawsuit)? I'm sure there'd be parents who'd love to have something to blame little Suzy's nasty ass attitude on, besides the fact that mom & dad were shitty parents. More people will start to use smoking cessation drugs or products - which can cause horrific side affects. (I've heard too about too many people being hauled out on stretchers). And, who benefits? Big Pharma. Every drug commercial praises to the heavens these drugs, and at the end of the commercial, the announcer talks very, very fast, telling you about all the side effects - most of which are worse than what you took the drug for initially.

I suggest that drug companies be BANNED from advertising on TV & magazines. These ads simply plant seeds in people's minds, that they 'might need' that drug, and will ask their doctor to prescribe it. Imagine if Big Pharma were NOT allowed to advertise on TV & magazines. People wouldn't imagine that they have the same 'syndrome' or problem that the drug is being advertised for. They'd have to rely on their doctor's expertise to know whether or not to prescribe a drug. It's almost become a badge of honor, a rite of passage for teens to be prescribed these drugs. I've heard teens comment on "Oh, my God, I forgot to take my Paxil!!" Or, blame bad behaviour on the fact they forgot a 'dose'.

posted by starling02 at 05:11 P.M. EST on Mon Jul 30, 2007     #

I do agree the prime time airwaves shouldn't be littered with these drug commericials.

The power of suggestion is quite effective concerning scared little lemmings that need to be lead around by the nose.

I am also quite convinced that cures for a good number of cold viruses exist and are being withheld so drug companies will continue to profit.

The antidepressant craze is the one that bothers me the most.
Brave New Stepford Wives world we live in.

Mother's Little Helper......

posted by Musician at 06:06 P.M. EST on Mon Jul 30, 2007     #

The stress thing that is preached is BS for anyone who grew up during the cold war.......

Kiddies today are quite soft.

posted by Musician at 06:07 P.M. EST on Mon Jul 30, 2007     #

I agree musician. My kids are 24 - 35, and by the standards my parents were raised, my kids are soft in comparison. So am I. I do not believe kids have more stress today than our grandparents did - but perhaps different stresses. We also didn't have as many school shootings, which many (or most) of the shooters were on these drugs. But I highly doubt very many people on these drugs are taking them because they're stressed about 9/11, or school shootings. Most of the kids that I know or have seen who were prescribed these anti-anxiety drugs, were normal kids, behaving as normal teens behave (whacked out mood swings, nasty attitudes - it's what teens DO). Or high energy little kids being classified as hyperactive & put on drugs. I'd love to see a ban on all drug company advertising.
posted by starling02 at 06:15 P.M. EST on Mon Jul 30, 2007     #

Classroom sizes are too big, therefore teachers welcome the ADD drugs for the kids.

Then again teachers have little authority to keep order. Lots of coffee drinking "administrators" out in that world that receive a paycheck for dodging discipline issues with pat BS "answers" for the bad behavior of students.

I tip my hat to teachers who can hack working in these environments, but do not sanction them suggesting the ADD drugs to keep order.

posted by Musician at 11:28 A.M. EST on Thu Aug 02, 2007     #

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