Study: Prescription-drug intake rises among insured Americans

02/13/2008 | USA Today

A study of 3 million adults revealed that the percentage of insured Americans using prescription drugs for conditions such as high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and depression significantly increased from 2000 to 2006, while the use of painkillers and estrogen declined following reports that cast doubt on their safety. The findings suggest people may be taking their health problems more seriously, said one diabetes expert, who emphasized the need for greater preventive measures.

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