US women turning to pills to ease heartbreak

In New York, women deal with heartbreak in the same ruthless manner as a rogue client, or a business deal that’s fallen apart…

In New York, love affairs gone awry are increasingly being dealt with in the same brisk manner as a rogue client, or a business deal that’s fallen apart.
 
According to Melissa Whitworth in The Telegraph today, women across the pond are turning to prescribed pills as a quick fix for a broken heart.

After a painful breakup with a boyfriend, the city’s alpha females, flying high in their career and used to calling the shots, are using prescription medication to help them move on.

Instead of guzzling ice-cream and white wine, women are asking for a prescription for the anti-insomnia medication Ambien, and enrolling in a five-point recovery plan that included a rigorous exercise programme and a few nights of passion with a beautiful stranger.

This comes after news earlier this year that women became the majority of the workforce in the US for the first time. This prompted a cover article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled ‘The End of Men?’ ‘For every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same,’ it said.

What do you think? Is there any point sitting around waiting for the pain to go away when you can call a doctor and get a pill that will do it for you in 15 to 30 minutes? Or is this dependency on prescription medication a step too far?

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