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Anonymous asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 2 years ago

why do Americans take so many more medications than people in Europe and elsewhere?

and how has this increased or decreased in past 20 years? again, why?

Also, I noticed that many of the drugs people take are advised by their doctors, is this kind of a scheme/scam set up by law or what? and the drugs they take are for things that I think could be remedied by simply eating a healthy diet and exercise......but why americans rather take pills?

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago
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    The AMA and pharmaceutical companies want to keep America addicted to their drugs. They are getting rich. Who cares if their drugs cause cancer, shorten lifespan, and psychotic behavior. They have a nice little racket, especially with insurance providing a guaranteed payment. Keep eating those double half pounder bacon cheeseburgers, with a 2 quart milkshake. The drug companies have a pill to keep you alive (at least for few years).

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Sexy man

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  • ALBERT
    Lv 4
    2 years ago

    Basically they are led to believe lies: that medications are the solution to any health problems. Few people tells them about the vicious circle of side effects...

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Societal norms

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  • 2 years ago

    Depends on what meds youre talking about. It could be anti Depressents, most of children here now adays hate life :v

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  • 2 years ago

    been brainwashed

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    I always assumed they 'stocked up' in an effort to avoid expensive multiple visits to doctors. I agree, though--I noticed it when I worked in tourism. Elderly Germans and most Brits were active, generally 'with it', and would walk briskly. The older American tourists seemed far more decrepit, had a more 'drugged up' appearance, and were also more confused when spoken to. They hated to even attempt a small walk; some even refused to get off the shuttle because they had to walk a few hundred yards. If someone refused to get out to see an attraction, it was ALWAYS an elderley American.

    • Lv 6
      2 years agoReport

      I think it also has to do with the American diet of fat and fries ...they don't eat much vegetables and Europeans do. so they are always feeling lethargic and fat

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    Pharmaceutical sales reps basically bribe doctors. They offer trips and cars etc to those who write the highest number of prescriptions. They engage in a lot of shady activity to encourage doctors to prescribe their drugs. This is enabled by the insurance companies, which would rather pay for a few pills that may not work than for more expensive and longer term treatments that do actually work.

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  • k w
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    then lean on the doctors to fix almost everything, instead of knowing themselves, what works at home and what don't,

    AND they think other type of doctoring is junk, they just don't know.......

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  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    I think it's because of our high pressure lifestyles. We are breed to work hard and sacrifice for the wealthy, stress induced illnesses are common in America. Anything from heart disease to mental health/chemical dependency issues are all common here.

    • Lv 6
      2 years agoReport

      why isn't that way in Europe you think?

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  • Satan
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    Doctors get a percentage for medications they prescribe

    Once you know this simple truth, it suddenly all slots into place!

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