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More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs
The Washington Post

Nearly three in five American adults take a prescription drug, which is up markedly since 2000 because of much higher use of almost every type of medication, from antidepressants to treatments for high cholesterol and diabetes.

In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found the prevalence of prescription drug use among people 20 and older had risen to 59 percent in 2012 from 51 percent just a dozen years early. During the same period, the percentage of people taking five or more prescription drugs nearly doubled, to 15 percent from 8 percent.