A Pill For The Pain, America’s Prescription Obsession
Charlotte, NC – Nearly 50% of Americans take prescription drugs. Center for Disease Control study shows the number of people taking more than 5 or more drugs rose 70% over the last decade.
America’s prescription obsession seems to be an issue that’s not slowing down. Dr. Bilal Ghandour with SouthEast Psych says, “I see about 50% of folks who push for medication; who want to have a solution.”
Kaitlyn’s Pharmacist, Tung Vu is seeing more and more prescriptions prescribed, “When one doesn't work sometimes they add on another drug. It’s a little bit over-medicated, but that's up to the doctor and the patient."
Vu says he’s seeing doctors write up to five prescriptions for just one condition. If people have any other health issues, that means more pills.
Dr. Ghandour says sometimes when one drug doesn’t work, doctors try another and this all becomes part of the cycle, “It gets on this track of adding a drug to another one and it gets lost in the shuffle."
Local residents admit that getting prescription drugs is not a challenge. Dr. Ghandour says that one of the biggest issues is the easy access, “It’s more available, it’s more tempting, there’s more indication that if you take it, that you'll get that fix; so people fall for that. Sometimes it works but sometimes it’s problematic."
And while Dr. Ghandour admits that prescriptions do the job in some cases, it doesn’t always work out that way, "Studies show it’s the fourth leading cause of death in America; side affects from medication."
For more information on prescription trends, visit the Center for Disease Control website.