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Americans Are on More Drugs Than Ever

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  • More than half of U.S. adults regularly take prescription medications, and the average adult takes four
  • More than 2 million serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs) occur every year in the U.S, leading to 100,000 deaths
  • ADRs are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., causing more deaths than pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia and accidents, including car accidents

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re a U.S. adult and don’t regularly take a prescription drug, you’re now in the minority, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. adults by Consumer Reports. The revealing sample found that more than half of U.S. adults regularly take prescription medications, and the average adult takes four. If it seems like your friends and family are taking more drugs than they did in the past — or if adults use more meds than they did when you were a kid — it’s not in your imagination, either.


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