Study: One in six adults on psychiatric drugs… is at any wonder society seems so deranged?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: Amy Goodrich
NaturalNews.com
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Is a legal drug epidemic plaguing our nation? According to a new study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, it seems that Americans have become increasingly dependent on pharmaceuticals. In 2013, about one in six American adults reported taking at least one psychiatric drug, usually an antidepressant, sedative or antipsychotic, to cope with conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia.

The numbers are startling, especially knowing that more than eight out of 10 had been doing so for a year or more. Also, co-authors Thomas J. Moore, a senior scientist at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and Dr. Donald R. Mattison, chief medical officer at Risk Sciences International, said that the number of people taking these drugs is likely an underestimate since the results come from self-reported data.

Differences by sex, age and ethnicity

The researchers reviewed data from the 2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which included some 37,421 adults and gathered information from individuals, families, their medical providers and employers on the cost and use of healthcare across the United States.

Moore and Mattison found that psychiatric drug use differed among adults of different ages, ethnicity and sex. For example, one in five women reported taking at least one prescription that year, which is about twice the number of men.

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