One in Six Americans Take Antidepressants or Other Psychiatric Drugs

As it was indicated by researches, one in six Americans take antidepressants or some kind of psychiatric drugs. Let’s preview the most recent study down below. The results are pretty straight.

One in Six Americans Take Antidepressants

Research – One in Six Americans Take Antidepressants

They report that twice as many white people take these drugs as African-Americans or other minorities do. On the other side, around 5 percent of Asian-Americans too. What is more important, most people who take antidepressants are taking them long-term. Thomas Moore of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices in Alexandria, Virginia and colleagues discovered this.

“Overall, 16.7 percent of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more prescriptions for psychiatric drugs in 2013,” they wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association’s JAMA Internal Medicine.

12% said they take antidepressants, 8.3% take anxiety drugs, sedatives or sleeping pills, and 1.6% take anti-psychotic medication.

“Large differences were found in race/ethnicity, with 20.8 percent of white adults reporting use versus 8.7 percent of Hispanic adults,” they added.

Around 9% of African-Americans are actually taking 1 or more psychiatric drug.

“Most psychiatric drug use reported by adults was long term, with 84.3 percent having filled three or more prescriptions in 2013 or indicating that they had started taking the drug during 2011 or earlier.”

Also, Moore was concerned why so many people are taking habit-forming drugs, like Valium or Xanax, on the long-term. Moreover, earlier this year, researches reported that death rate from anxiety drug overdoses had quadrupled in U.S. However, In 2013, a third of the people who died from drug overdoses were taking anxiety drugs-benzodiazepine. Researches claim that the problems might come from primary care physicians who are prescribing these drugs. They might not fully understand the risks.