published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 59 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least one prescription drug, and 15 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least five prescription drugs. These numbers have never been higher, and they tell us that the United States is the most drugged nation on the entire planet. And it turns out that pushing these drugs on the American people is extremely profitable. For instance, Americans spent 100 billion dollars on cancer drugs alone last year. That isn’t “million” with an “m” – that is “billion” with a “b”. The profits that some of these pharmaceutical companies are making are absolutely obscene, and it is our pain and suffering that is making them rich.Majority Of Americans Take Prescription Drugs
So why is prescription drug use rising so rapidly? As noted above, 15 percent of us are now taking 5 or more of these drugs on a regular basis, but back in 1999 that number was sitting at just 8.2 percent.
Study shows 70 percent of Americans take prescription drugs - CBS News
A new study finds that more Americans than ever -- nearly 60 percent -- have taken a prescription drug at least once in the previous month. Many of those pills are taken to combat obesity-related illnesses, a team of researchers say in a paper published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The research analyzed the use of a wide variety of prescriptions among those aged 20 and older, including antibiotics, birth control and heart medication. Rates of use hovered around 51 percent in 1999 and 2000, but jumped to 59 percent in 2011 and 2012.
Elizabeth Kantor, a co-author of the study and epidemiologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, said the significant rise doesn't necessarily represent a troubling trend. While she said it's imperative to be diligent about the prescribing of medications, the data may suggest health care has become more accessible.
Researchers find that nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half receive at least two prescriptions, reports CBS Atlanta.
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic, a non-profit medical and research center, report that antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids are the most common prescriptions given to Americans.
Twenty percent of U.S. patients were also found to be on five or more prescription medications.