Bad Reactions to Psychiatric Drugs Leads to Almost 90,000 ER Visits Annually

In 2011, an estimated 26.8 million US adults used prescription medications for mental illness. Almost 90,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States are due to adverse reactions to psychiatric medications, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The objective of the study — to estimate the numbers and rates of adverse drug event (ADE) emergency department (ED) visits involving psychiatric medications among US adults between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2011