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If you don’t take a prescription drug, chances are you know one or two people who do… or three, or four, or more, Drug Store News reports.
According to a new study by the Mayo Clinich, nearly 70% of Americans use at least one prescription drug, and more than half are taking two. Most of the drugs are antibiotics, antidepressants and opioid painkillers, followed by medications to control blood pressure and vaccines.
“Often, when people talk about health conditions, they’re talking about chronic conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes,” study author Jennifer St. Sauver said. “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 big concerning considering their addicting nature.”
The study also found that women receive more prescriptions, and nearly 25% of women aged 50 to 64 are on an antidepressant. Older adults also account for a large number of prescriptions overall, escpecially cardiovascular drugs. Antibiotics and asthma drugs were most commonly prescribed to those younger than 19 years, while antidepressants and opioids were most common among young and middle-aged adults.