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America Hooked on Prescription Drugs

The CDC Annual Health Report shows that 50 percent of Americans take prescription drugs, another 10 percent of whom have four or more prescriptions. Americans, who spent over a quarter of a trillion dollars on prescription drugs in 2011, are taking more drugs than ever before, and in particular, more anti-depressants. An article published by CNN noted that the industry is no longer operating through the medium of doctors, and that pharmaceutical companies are now allocating more funding towards direct business-to-consumer advertising, which tripled in less than a decade from 1996 to 2005.

Read the article published by CNN.

Read the CDC Report.