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Posted on 07-25-2014
I'm Bryant Gumbel with a question:
What are we supposed to do with Alex Rodriguez embrace him? Pity Him?
Scorn him? I can easily understand any or all those reactions because Ithink is a liar
and a fraud. What I don't understand are the expressions of shock and outrage over his alleged
drug use because frankly this country is crazy about drugs. Modern Americans reach for a
drug for any and everything for problems real and imagined.
It's why we consume more pills than any other nation on earth and why TV ads
are relentlessly selling us Xarelto, Abilify, Stelara, Pradaxa,
and dozens of other drugs we never even guessed we supposedly need
Americans are only about five percent of the world's population yet
we take eighty percent the world's painkillers and whopping ninety nine
percent the world's Vicoden.
With four million kids on Ritalin, 22 million women on anti-depressants, over 30 million adults on
sleeping pills, 32 million on statins and
45 million on another drug I can't even begin to pronounce the list goes on
and on and all so think what you will of Alex Rodriguez but
when so many moms and dads are active parts of the national drug epidemic
let's stop crying that ball players the one setting a bad example for kids.
Let's skip the expressions of outrage in shock, because however you may choose to
view A-Rod’s alleged drug use there's no denying the ugly reality that's become the American way
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