Seven Most Medicated States: All Southern

The health care information company SDI takes information from pharmacies to determine the states that took the most prescription medication in 2009. Forbes magazine used that data to determine America’s most medicated states.

I’ll save you the trouble of clicking through that slideshow: the top seven are all from the South. We’re not one of them, though: the list goes West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina and Mississippi.

The other three include two states from the Midwest and Vermont.

There’s no coincidence here: all of these states combine large areas of poverty. This results in higher rates of certain diseases. It’s why we need public investment in programs like preventative health care for children and education to spur economic growth. Like they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

One Comment

  1. Paul Brewer-Jensen

    August 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    In the context of a finite planet, continual economic growth is a delusional dream created by magical thinking economists. Herman Daly is on the right track.
    http://www.bicusa.org/en/Article.11053.aspx
    and http://dieoff.org/page88.htm
    As petroleum declines in availability our economy and our population will have to shrink a lot before anything like a steady state economy can be achieved.
    http://dieoff.org/page171.htm
    The silver lining is that everyone will become less medicated. There won’t be as much medicine available.

    The prevention we need is rapid voluntary population decline via a one child per woman strategy starting yesterday. This opportunity for prevention is gone, so we will be facing an involuntary population decline via the four horsemen.
    More context.
    http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/570

    Cheers