Prescription drug use is rising among people in the United states, revealed a new study.
A study which analyzed the trends of prescription drug usage between 1999- 2012. The study led by Dr. Elizabeth Kantor and her colleagues used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine trends in prescription drug use among nearly 38,000 adults aged 20 and older between 1999-2012.
They found that the percentage of use has risen by 51% and about 59% of adults used these drugs. Cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins), antidepressants and high blood pressure medications saw especially notable jumps in usage. 21% adults used blood pressure drugs, 17% used statins and 18% used antidepressants.
"We wanted to create a comprehensive resource on prescription drug use among U.S. adults, and I think that the implications of these trends vary across classes of drugs," said Elizabeth Kantor, lead researcher.
Reference: Elizabeth Kantor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, Nov. 3, 2015, Journal of the American Medical Association, 314(17):1818-1830. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13766.