Percentage of Americans on Antidepressants Nearly Doubles
From 1999 to 2012 the percentage of Americans on antidepressants increased from 6.8% to 13%, according to a report published this week by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
While other studies have reported on the increasing use of prescription drugs in the US in general, those studies have often relied on secondary data sources, such as pharmacy or medical claims reports. This new report on prescription use, first-authored by epidemiologist Elizabeth Kantor of Harvard University, derives its data directly from the population itself using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The survey included results from 37,959 adults over age twenty, but did not include people hospitalized or institutionalized.