People are always throwing out statistics about how the USA has only five percent of the world's population but uses more resources than...or has the most prisoners per capita in the world...etc.
The latest startling statistic I got from Bill Mohr on his show last week, that we're five percent of the world's population but we use fifty-six percent of prescribed painkillers. That's an interesting one.
Either we feel more pain, handle it less well, or hmmmmm just maybe drug companies convince us through advertising and putting doctors on their payroll or perk circuit that we NEED painkillers more and more painkillers.
Not to diminish the need to reduce true pain for those who truly need it. But still....