Health — 20 June 2013

046By Richard Lenti

Prescription drug use in the U.S. has nearly doubled in the past decade, with nearly seven out of ten Americans being prescribed medications, according to a new study by the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center.  About 20% of patients has been prescribed five medications or more; with antibiotics, anti-depressants and opioid painkillers topping the list of most widely prescribed drugs.

The findings are published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“Often when people talk about health conditions they’re talking about chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes,” said study author Jennifer St. Sauver, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery.

“However, the second most common prescription was for anti-depressants — 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 bit concerning considering their addicting nature.”

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Richard Lenti

Richard Lenti has worked as a news writer for the last 20 years at various television stations in Los Angeles. He is a Golden Mike winner and a graduate of California State University, Fresno. With roots in print journalism, Richard is excited to be “published” once again; having people read his work as opposed to having it read to them. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in the Easy Reader, L.A. Jazz Scene, Irrigation and Green Industry, and the KCAL 9 Online website.

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