Originally Posted by SouthernMaven
. . . I don't think I'd ever even HEARD of these medications until around the 80's or so. I certainly never knew anyone on them
I was listening to a feature story on NPR a year or two ago about how drug companies started advertising meds with the hopes that their sales would increase about about 20% or so. They actually increased by about 80%. I think now that drugs are advertised, many people see their afflictions in what the drug purports to cure, and they ask their doctors, many of whom don't seem to mind writing a prescription to let a patient try it to see if it works. I am NOT suggesting that this is the case with anyone here, but I am suggesting that possibly the advertising has been a cause of the spike in prescription med use we now see in our society.