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The Rise of Prescription Drug Use

The Rise of Prescription Drug Use

Americans are now on more drugs than ever, a trend that has been steadily on the rise for many years.  A recent Consumer Reports survey of almost 2000 American adults found that more than half of the adult population sampled is on at least one medication, while the average adult takes four.  In 1997, Americans filled just over 2.4 billion prescriptions. In 2016 that number rose to almost 4.5 billion.  This comes out to about an 85% increase in prescription medications, though our population only rose about 21%.