Prescribed Harm: The Truth about Prescription Drugs
What claims to help you while quietly killing you from the inside? Chances are you can find it in almost every household in America. This quiet assassin is the prescription medication running through the veins of Americans. A shocking 7 out of every 10 Americans relies on at least one prescription drug to get them through their day. With so many cure all drugs out there you would think we are safe. Wrong. Many of these medicines prescribed every day do much more harm than they do well.
The history of prescription medication in America goes back as far as the country itself. Prescription medication is any medication prescribed by a medical professional. The first prescriptions date back to as early as the 1800’s. At this time in history it was not uncommon for a doctor to prescribe medicines that, this day in age, are considered dangerous. Opium, heroin, cocaine and other deadly and highly addictive drugs were being distributed by friendly neighborhood physicians and were very loosely regulated. This, as one could imagine lead to the start of overdoses and addiction in America. This problem has since only intensified and grown to a massive scale.
While many medications can truly be harmful, modern medicine has had its fair share of triumphs. Smallpox has been eradicated due to helpful drugs and breakthroughs in drug manufacturing. Anti-Malaria drugs have been prescribed to millions of people and helped stop the spread of this deadly disease. These are just a few of the major wins for prescription drugs (GHH). Another example would be non-habit forming pain medications such as a new medication known as naloxone, which is supposedly non-habit forming or addictive (Bindley). If proven effective through testing, this drug could revolutionize the way pain is dealt with as well as a decrease in addiction to and abuse of these prescription drugs. These medicines are prime examples of the good that prescription...