Sick on drugs

More than 10 percent of Americans over the age of 12 use antidepressants. Antidepressants are among the most frequently used medications in the United States.

Newly released study shows how antidepressants help bacteria resist antibiotics. Global survey shows that in 2019, antimicrobial resistance killed more people than HIV/AIDS or Malaria. The fentanyl drug crisis is on the rise in the United States. Fentanyl is a cause of overdose, while the country’s drug epidemic killed close to 110 thousand people in 2021. It seems the drugs that are meant to cure people are making the population sicker. The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that at the end of May 2022 close to forty percent of American adults had experienced symptoms of depression and anxiety during the past month, a quarter of which received antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs.

The New York Times also reported that between 2017 and 2021 American teenagers use of antidepressants rose by 41 percent. Most adults that feel depressed do not take antidepressants, but the total number of the ones that do are still staggering. More than 10 percent of Americans aged 12 and above take antidepressants in the United States. This is while in 1990 less than three percent of adults had taken these drugs.

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