You’ve Got It Bad

The first priority for drug companies is convincing you that you need a drug. The second is convincing you that their drug works (and figuring out a way to make a list of 92 side-effects seem like entertaining television). It’s all part of America’s highly unusual way of pushing pills. “The U.S. is one of only two developed countries in the world that allow drug companies to advertise their products on television … One study, from the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found that 57 percent of claims in drug ads were potentially misleading and another 10 percent were outright false.” It’s enough to make your head spin — luckily, they’ve got something for that too. From HuffPo’s Highline: Drugs you don’t need for disorders you don’t have.

+ “Our study found that regular cannabis users experienced downward social mobility and more financial problems.” From LAT: Longtime marijuana use might make you a loser. (Maybe I haven’t quite lived up to my potential, but I don’t know if I’d say loser…)

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