More than 10 percent by 2005? So, it’s a safe bet that just about 20 percent, or approximately 35 million people are currently taking anti-depressants. One in five SS citizens. Let that sink in for a minute.
These figures beg the question, why are so many people taking these drugs? First off, the guide books for diagnosing and prescribing drugs are written with an un-healthy amount of input by the pharmaceutical companies. Also, a great many doctors receive kickbacks to prescribes these drugs (those generally good looking folks in snappy business-wear, who traipse into a doctor’s office dragging behind them a suitcase on wheels while you are sitting there waiting for way too long to see your doctor, are not coming to simply say ‘thank you’. Or, at least, not in words.). Additionally, I’ve heard from first hand reports (as well as numerous news articles) how the VA is dispensing anti-depressants like PEZ to our soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. To paraphrase Major General Smedly Butler’s quote about war, “Medicine is a racket”.
Also note that the study makes mention that the use of these drugs has not risen in the black community…the people who are most under-insured. I wonder if the numbers will rise to 1 in 3 if the so called ‘health bill’ is passed?
Story from Reuters:
Antidepressant use doubles in US, study finds
WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Use of antidepressant drugs in the United States doubled between 1996 and 2005, probably because of a mix of factors, researchers reported on Monday.
About 6 percent of people were prescribed an antidepressant in 1996 — 13 million people. This rose to more than 10 percent or 27 million people by 2005, the researchers found.
“Significant increases in antidepressant use were evident across all sociodemographic groups examined, except African Americans,” Dr. Mark Olfson of Columbia University in New York and Steven Marcus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia wrote in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
“Not only are more U.S. residents being treated with antidepressants, but also those who are being treated are receiving more antidepressant prescriptions,” they added.
More than 164 million prescriptions were written in 2008 for antidepressants, totaling $9.6 billion in U.S. sales, according to IMS Health.