ONE PILL AT A TIME
RUDE Gallery | RMCAD
“One Pill At A Time” is a immersive installation which examines addiction through a “mad scientist” behind the scenes view of the corporate connection to addiction and America’s obsession with cure-all culture.
It scrutinizes a intentional capitalistic interrelation between profits and humanities flaws by exposing a deeply horrifying ploy to use addiction and medications as the base means for financial prodigiousness in American healthcare.
“Millions of Americans are struggling with health costs — even if they are insured — as prescription drug prices continue to rise. U.S. consumers pay far more than citizens of other nations for the same drugs, with a 2019 government study finding that people in other countries pay about 24% to 30% less than Americans pay for their medications. That means Americans' spending on prescriptions, on a per-capita basis, is the highest among the 12 nations in the study. At more than $1,200 per person in the U.S., that's double the average spending by people in countries such as Germany, the U.K. and Japan.”
- CBS News | September 2021
“In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates.
Increased prescription of opioid medications led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.”
- US Department of Health & Human Services