1 in 6 U.S. Adults Say They Have Taken Psychiatric Drugs

A new analysis reveals that 1 in 6 U.S. adults reported taking psychiatric drugs at least once in 2013. Researchers from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and Risk Sciences International used the 2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to calculate percentages of the adult population using three classes of psychiatric drugs: antidepressants; anxiolytics, sedatives, and hypnotics; and antipsychotics. Most psychiatric drug use reported by adults was long term, with over 84% having filled 3 or more prescriptions in 2013 or indicating that they had started taking the drug during 2011 or earlier.