These flaws have real-world, long-term effects on the health of the American people:
- In a study compiled by the Mayo Clinic, 70% of Americans have taken at least one prescription medication within the past year.
- Our culture of pills is killing Americans. The 2017 World Drug Report, compiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and represented here, found that, in 2015, more Americans died from opioid drug overdoses than any other population. In fact, more than 64,000 Americans died of opioid drug overdose in 2016 alone. President Trump announced that America is in a state of National Emergency on October 26, 2017.
- The side effects of medications are creating many more health problems, such as dementia, cancer, and heart disease. Some painkillers have been shown to cause heart problems. Acid reflux drugs may cause osteoporosis and anemia. Hormone replacement therapy has been shown to increase cancer risk.
- In March 2015, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study reporting that anticholinergic medications, such as certain antihistamines, antidepressants, overactive bladder medications, drugs for Parkinson’s Disease, and even some sleep medications may increase risk of dementia. The report also found, of 3434 male and female volunteers aged 65 years and older, 797 participants who frequently took those medications developed dementia within seven years of the study.
Our current health care system is in dire need of improvement. While we’ve come a long way, we need to reorient ourselves and find new ways to treat our health problems without causing new ones.
At weMED, we do precisely that.