Do I Really Need to Take all These *^%$! Pills?
Have you or anyone you know been feeling over-medicated lately? Under pressure from the pharmaceutical industry and related entities that capitalize on human fears and emotions, more than 45% of U.S. adults are taking multiple prescription drugs to control non-pathological conditions that are essentially benign variants of normal. Drawing on our observations and experiences in conducting anthropological research in clinical settings, we will consider the logic and some of the practical forces behind these trends. Core Conversation participants will be encouraged to discuss their first hand experiences with these diagnoses and treatments, and we will offer insights for interpreting them.
- Are we being over-medicated and over-compensating for conditions that pose no real threat?
- Why should we start questioning being given so many prescription drugs?
- By combining so many medications, dosages, and regimens, are we turning each person into their own experimental medical trial?
- What, besides interest in protecting your health, might be motivating your clinician to so avidly prescribe all of these medications?
- Why is it so hard to “just say no” to prescription drugs?
Elizabeth Gibson AT&T Consumer Digital Experience
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