Friday, December 4, 2009

The Killing Over Dosage

A pill for all reasons is the perfect statement to explain the present situation. Drugs are appropriate and are required at times. They rather play quite a fundamental role in saving lives. However, this does not indicate that every day must start with a pill and end with one. The increasing dependency on medicines has in a sense, created an addiction where psychologically to stay fitter, even a healthy person looks for solace by consuming prescribed drugs.

A Pill For No Reason

The impact of medicines on the present society is such that, it seems that we are looking for excuses to consume prescribed drugs. Even minor health problems like heartburn are being cured by medicines. The insurance companies have also made their contributions in the increased prescribed drug consumption. By paying for the high-priced drugs, the insurance companies have further given a reason to get a prescription, for literally no reason.

The Mind Game

Drug companies have a strong lobby and, apparently, exert an influence on the studies published under the health and fitness columns. Over time, by virtue of the money invested in marketing, pharmaceutical companies have created a mind block wherein, only after taking in some kind of drugs, do the people feel cured. The more expensive the drug, the better is the impact. The cheaper available substitutes, which are equally effective, do not seem to help, as they do not carry with them the tag of being good. An addiction has been created for the drugs, which unlike other substances like alcohol, has been categorized as safe.

The Beneficiary

In the entire bargain, only the pharmaceutical companies seem to earn. Their profits are soaring and the businesses expanding tremendously. Of whatever they earn, only negligible proportions are invested into research and a larger chunk into marketing and administration. The rest is simply profit. The consumers are, of course, at the losing end. They are entrapped into a vicious circle, where the side effects of one medicine push them to consume another two pills and so on.

The Requirement

The system is defective and to a very large extent, it is we the consumers who have been the weaker end. By consuming unnecessary medicines, without even considering their serious requirement, we’ve spent more than required proportions of our hard-earned income in helping the drug companies grow. The prescription drugs too have immense side effects, which are quite important yet ignored. Only a self-realization towards sensible usage of prescribed drugs can help deal with the issue.

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