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From our absurd addictions to pills and surgery to the frightening number of neighbourhood sex offenders, we count 25 disturbing facts about our society!
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year. Also, right now, seventy million Americans are reported to be on some kind of prescribed mind-altering drug.
That’s an alarming statistic. We should throw some drugs at it.
Mike and Carol Brady got it wrong wrong: society is morally bankrupt. The fifty worst charities in America give less than four percent of their raised donations to their intended causes.
Over a decade, one major diabetes charity raised almost $14 million but gave less than $10,000 to patients. Six of the fifty worst pocketed all their donations.
You can help victims of scam charities by sending money to the Danger Dolan Against Fake Charities Foundation. Blank cheques accepted!
Of the American population aged twelve or older, eleven percent has admitted to driving home under the influence of alcohol at least once during the past year. Maybe that’s where the expression ‘You drive worse than a drunk twelve-year-old!’ comes from.
According to the FBI, there are now more than 1.4 million gang members involved in the US’s 33,000 active criminal gangs. Many of these are disenfranchised young people. If only they had their own Mr Miyagi.
Here’s a fun fact: nowadays, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.
If you can, stay away from drugs in general. Stick to a safe hobby, like shooting.
No one’s perfect, but many Americans sure want to be – at least in the looks department. This is why they get more plastic surgery done than the citizens of any other country in the world.
Teen pregnancy is still a huge problem in the first world. America has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world, with fifty-seven out of every one thousand girls aged between fifteen and nineteen having a child.
New Zealand, England and Wales’ statistics aren’t far off, while Switzerland, being the sensible nation that it is, has the lowest teen pregnancy rate: just eight cases per one thousand teen girls.
Another disturbing fact is that eighteen percent of all American abortions are performed on teenagers. Grab the rubbers and carrots. It’s time to give Mary-Sue the talk …
With 868 out of every 1,000 people incarcerated, Seychelles in East Africa has the highest number of prisoners per capita – at least this year.
Number two is – you guessed – the US, which currently has twenty-two percent of the entire world’s prisoners. According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, this is more than 2.2 million people.
A 2014 Commonwealth Fund survey found that average Americans spend $8,505 a year on medical care – far more than the twelve other surveyed industrialised countries – but the United States ranked dead last in overall healthcare performance, in metrics such as fairness of care, efficiency and healthy lifestyles.
It seems the US’s healthcare system needs to be jolted with a defibrillator.