Americans are good at popping pills.
About 46% of the U.S. population used one or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days, according to a survey from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
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With almost half the U.S. population taking drugs, it may be surprising that this figure is a slight improvement from the prescription drug use rate from 10 years earlier.
“Changing trends in prescription drug use over time may be influenced by changing disease prevalence and diagnosis, expanded treatment recommendations, and decline in the use of inappropriate or ineffective therapies,” according to the NCHS report.
The NCHS is an arm of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The types of prescription drugs Americans use vary by age group.
Medicine used to treat asthma was most common among the youngest cohort. For adolescents, between 12 to 19 years old, stimulants to treat attention deficit disorder were most common with about one in 16 adolescents with a prescription.