So Megapillions isn’t a word. If it were, I would make the description something like “the rapidly growing pill problem among the hundreds of millions of Americans.”
Many of you got here probably my misreading the title for “megamillions.” After all, that’s what everyone wants to talk about, right?
I know. It’s not a sexy thing to talk about. Most Americans don’t fantasize, read up on, or concern themselves with the prescription drug problem in America.
The pill addiction isn’t as fun to talk about like the record breaking lottery jackpot that awaits someone or some people this Friday. Megamillions fever has caputred the countries attention. It’s fun to sit around with friends, family, and co-workers and talk about what you would do.
Let’s put it this way. The odds are REALLY stacked against you. Not just a toughy, it’s downright near impossible. Sure it happens. Someone right now is doing absolutely nothing, and making thousands of dollars a minute on the interest to their big win.
So to be cliche, lets take a look at some of those odds charts to see where winning the jackpot falls.
Odds of getting a hole in one: 5,000 to 1
Odds of getting canonized: 20,000,000 to 1
Odds of winning an Olympic medal: 662,000 to 1
Odds of drowning in a bathtub: 685,000 to 1 (we had one recently, so it’s going to be a while RIP Whitney Houston)
Odds of being killed sometime in the next year in a transportation accident: 77 to 1
Odds of being killed in any sort of non-transportation accident: 69 to 1
Odds of being struck by lightning: 576,000 to 1
Odds of being killed by lightning: 2,320,000 to 1
The list goes on and on. So what are the odds of winning the mega millions jackpot?
176,000,000 to 1.
That’s right. It’s not going to happen to 175,999,999 of you. Yet come Friday, it will likely be the top story in most news markets where the game is played, and it will certainly be the watercooler discussion this week if it already hasn’t been.
So why is that people don’t talk about the growing pill problem, where the odds are 3-1 that a teen may abuse prescription meds over the next year?
2.1 million people abuse pills each year. An addition 1 million kids ages 12-17 begin abusing pills. So you have 3.1 million pill abusers. If they just use 1 pill a month each, you’re looking at 37 million pills abused a year. If they misused medications once a week, those pill popping Americans will go through 161 million pills annually.
Very few people know about our pill problem, and those that know, don’t really want to talk about. Parents seem to think that just buy saying “drugs are bad” that’s an encompassing statement that will prohibit their children from trying anything.
It’s time we speak up and talk about this. You have some very vocal lawmakers like Senator Chuck Schumer from New York and Attorney General Jack Conway in Kentucky. Both are adamant about stomping out this epidemic.