User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


64° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

People & Their Prescriptions

May 15, 2008, 6:01 PM by Jaine Andrews

People & Their Prescriptions
It might not surprise you to hear that Americans buy much more prescription medicine per person than any other country. But what may surprise you is what we're taking. 

America's dependence on pills is adding up. 51-percent of adults and children take 1 or more prescription drugs each day. 20% of us actually depend on 3 or more medications to treat a chronic condition. Lewis Drug's vice-president of pharmaceutical Services, Bill Ladwig says, “The fact that we're taking it may be is a good thing. The bad part is that maybe we're not taking ourselves...taking care of ourselves in the first place to get the condition that we are." 

Adults in KELOLAND are popping pills most often to lower their blood pressure, lift their mood or lower their cholesterol level. In that order. They're all problems linked to heart disease, obesity and diabetes. And the people most likely to make use of such medications are women. Ladwig says, “They see the physician more frequently, that's part of it. I think men tend to be a little bit more stoic, a little bit more in denial. Women are more forthright...just ask anybody who's married." 

Nearly 30-percent of children take a chronic medication. Most often for asthma and allergies, followed by medications for attention disorders and antidepressants. Ladwig says, "Is taking medications unavoidable? It depends on how well you take care of your own body and your genetic structure. Some things you're pre-disposed to and no matter what you do it will be yours." 

That said, however, even this pharmacist is quick to add that our propensity to pop a pill may not have to run as deep as it does. Ladwig says, “You have to get behind the process. That's where we lack as Americans; we're a little happier, more quick to take a medication that we think is going to cure us than get involved in our own health. We have to get involved in our own health." 

One benefit doctors say to all of this dependence on prescription drugs is that it has turned many what used to be fatal diseases into chronic diseases.

Previous Story

Next Story




 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

16-Year-Old Sioux Falls Teen Found

9/15/2014 10:53 AM

According to Sioux Falls Police, 16-year-old Piper Hyser was found Sunday afternoon.

Full Story
Vikings' Peterson Indicted For 'Reckless Or Negligent Injury To A Child'

9/12/2014 4:14 PM

According to reports, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas for ‘reckless or negligent injury to a child.&rs...

Full Story
Sioux Falls Officer Injured In Vehicle Crash

9/12/2014 10:55 AM

A Sioux Falls Police Officer was taken to the hospital by ambulance after a crash on his motorcycle this morning.

Full Story
Freeman Forfeits But Fights On

9/11/2014 10:00 PM

It looks like business as usual for the Freeman Flyers, running through drills and working on technique, but this week is anything but.

Full Story | Watch
Adrian Peterson Turns Himself In

9/13/2014 7:09 AM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson turned himself in to authorities in Texas Saturday morning after he was indicted by a grand jury for ch...

Full Story


Events