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Americans' Prescription Med Use Is Declining

Monday, May 13, 2019  
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Source: HeathDay News

Bucking a longstanding upward trend, new data shows that the percentage of Americans taking any prescription drug has fallen slightly over the past decade.

Still, nearly half -- 45.8% -- of Americans said they took at least one prescription medicine over the past month, according to a national survey conducted in 2015-2016.

That's a slight dip from the 48.3% of Americans -- children and adults -- who reported taking a prescribed drug in the same survey conducted in 2007-2008, according to a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

The drop in prescription use reverses a trend that had persisted since the 1990s, the study authors said. Read the full story on HealthDay News' website.


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