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CDC study: US residents' prescription drug use up

from California Healthline

The percentage of U.S. residents who took at least one prescription drug from 2011 to 2012 increased to nearly 60 percent, up about eight percentage points from 1999 to 2000, according to a study published Nov. 3 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the study, 59 percent of U.S. residents took at least one prescription drug from 2011 to 2012, with 15 percent of such individuals taking five or more drugs. In comparison, 51 percent of U.S. residents took at least one prescription drug from 1999 to 2000, with 8 percent of such individuals taking at least five prescriptions during those years. more


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