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Americans Consume More Drugs

From the January 16 2001 PRnewswire comes a story that reveals some startling numbers. As indicated by a survey conducted for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), 51% of American adults take two or more medications daily, including over-the-counter drugs. The research also demonstrated that 46% take at least one prescription medication daily and 28% take multiple prescription medications every day. These figures show that an alarming rate of the adult population in the states uses drugs of some type. Needless to say older people possess the highest rate of medication usage with 79% of those over 65 considered to be taking at least one medication daily. Americans that are over 65 and take medications take an average of 4 medications every day per person. One of the concerns expressed via the ASHP president, Mick L. Hunt, M.S., was that medications may have bad interactions when mixed. Hunt said, "We want all patients to understand the chance of drug interactions that occur when mixing most of these remedies, especially when taking multiple medications each day."

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