Drug Commercials Pushing Addiction

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It seems that for every commercial break there is at least one commercial advertisement for medication. The ads fluctuate, but at least one over the counter and prescription drug is hawked for each approximate 2 minute station break. Drug companies came to the realization that these commercials increase their revenue by appealing directly to the consumer. This is done through the phenomenon of the American prescription commercials.

If someone is severely depressed then perhaps an anti depressant is something to discuss with one's doctor or to see a specialist in such matters, a psychiatrist. It is not for the drug companies to openly advertise on television during prime time and other times and on channels which children and adolescents frequent. It is not well reported in the news and documented in the psychiatric literature that the abuse of psychotropic drugs, (anit depressants, drugs for attention deficit disorder etc...) pain killers and drugs designed for those people with legitimate erectile dysfunction is at an all time high.

Over the last decade, the promotion of prescription drugs has done nothing but increase. It's big business. Whatever your ailment, there's a magic pill. However, this constant barrage of supposed cure-alls and fix-its has done nothing but increase the sentiment that drugs are the quick answer that, if you have a problem or an ailment, you need to go to your doctor to get meds (or get them somehow!). And, what's worse, these drug companies are offering doctors benefits for prescribing their product.

I realize it is a free market out there, and the drug companies have every right to advertise. But come on, over and over again? It's the mindset of the society we live in. Rushing around, multi-tasking, constantly adding to our plates and, as a result, increasing our stress and decreasing our well-being. No time to rest and pay attention to lifestyle, no. But, I can take this pill, and I'll be okay.

It is astounding how many people can't get to sleep in this country. By looking at all the ads for sleep meds, you would think we are a nation of insomniacs! Maybe we are. I see people nodding off all the time when I drive. That is, after the phone calls they make between head bobs. I guess they figure they can nap when they get to work. Isn't that the reason you have to wait on hold all day long when calling your cable company?

The ability of persons to get potent prescription drugs prescribed to them when they are not indicated is also on the rise as well, and this is further exacerbated by the ease of which drugs can be obtained through the drug companies as well.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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