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CDC 2013 Update on Prescription Drug Use — Physician’s First Watch
CDC 2013 Update on Prescription Drug Use
By Amy Orciari Herman
One in four children took at least one prescription drug in the previous 30 days between 2007 and 2010, according to the CDC's annual report on the nation's health.
The "Health, United States, 2013" report, released on Wednesday, includes a special section on prescription drug use. Among the other findings:
Cardiovascular agents were among the most frequently used medications, with 18% of adults under age 65 and 70% of older adults using at least one CV drug between 2007 and 2010.
Lipid-lowering agents also ranked high in use, increasing over sixfold between the periods 1988 to 1994 and 2007 to 2010. In the latter period, 11% of adults younger than 65 and 47% of older adults were using a lipid-lowering agent.
Antidepressant use among all adults increased from roughly 2% to 11% between the two time periods.
Drug poisoning deaths involving opioids more than tripled over the past decade.
Antibiotic prescriptions for cold symptoms declined by nearly 40%.