THE RX PROBLEM
According to the FDA, conventional medications cannot claim to cure disease, but rather, they are patented synthetic chemicals designed to treat symptoms. The problem with prescription medications is that their emphasis on treating symptoms can create chemical imbalances, based on how the patient metabolizes a particular chemical. Such chemical imbalances can cause moderate to severe toxicity levels, leading to other symptoms requiring yet another medication.
In addition, addiction to opioids continues to rise, with over 2.1 million people addicted in 2016. A recent NIDA-funded analysis showed legally protected medical-marijuana laws and dispensaries were associated with a decrease in opioid prescribing, self-reports of opioid abuse, and treatment admissions for opioid addiction.
U.S. Drug Prescription Statistics
In 2015, $325 billion was spent on prescription drugs in the U.S.
Two thirds of patient visits end with a prescription being written
2.8 billion outpatient prescriptions filled in 2000 (10 per person in U.S.)
54% of Medicare patients take more than 5 prescription medications daily
Adverse drug reactions (ADR) increase exponentially after 4 daily prescriptions
ADR is the 4th leading cause of death, with over 100k deaths per year
Over 2.1 million people were addicted to opioids in 2016