The Mayo Clinic has reported that nearly 70% of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug and more than 50% are on at least two prescriptions. Twenty percent are on at least five prescription drugs.
The study is uncovering important information on how drugs are used in this country. It was found that the three most common types of prescriptions are antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids.
“Often when people talk about health conditions they’re talking about chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes,” Dr. St. Sauver stated in a Mayo Clinic press release. “However, the second most common prescription was for antidepressants — that suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something we should focus on. And the third most common drugs were opioids, which is a bit concerning considering their addicting nature.”
Researchers state that the use of prescription drugs will only rise in the future, which further promotes abuse of these drugs. The Mayo Clinic confirms this finding with alarming statistics. People who take at least one prescription drug per month increased from 44% in 1999-2000 to 48% in 2007-08.
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