For many Americans, addiction to prescription drugs like OxyContin starts at the advice of a doctor and builds slowly over time. This week, CNN’s In Depth series is focusing on prescription drugs in the United States and the politics behind the pharmaceutical industry. Some highlights:
- The pharmaceutical industry is providing almost all the scientific information on prescription drugs to doctors and their patients, fueling reliance on pills instead of looking at the “whole picture” of health, says John Abramson, author of “Overdosed America.”
- Here, one woman discusses how she developed a slew of health problems after being prescribed a multitude of pills from different doctors, finally ending up spending $900 a month on her prescriptions.
- 75 percent of Americans misuse their prescriptions, and in 2008 spent more than $934 billion on prescription drugs, according to CNN.