Pharmaceutical drugs have their place in human health but really only in certain circumstances. We have become a society of pill-poppers, taking prescription (and over-the-counter) medication for everything from a cold to cancer.
The issues with this are many but the most important can be boiled down to two: 1) pharmaceutical drugs mask symptoms—they never cure the basic problem—and 2) they often come with many side effects. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016 75.2% of all doctor visits resulted in patients walking out with a prescription. It then comes as no surprise that 48.9% of Americans are on at least one drug, 23.1% take at least three, and 11.9% regularly use five or more.