In the last decade, prescription drug use in the U.S. has risen to the point that 48.3 percent of people take at least one prescription medicine. That's up almost 5 percentage points from the 43.5 of people taking prescription drug of some kind at the end of the '90s.
There are sobering numbers here: 6.1 percent of prescriptions for adolescents are for ADHD drugs, Hensley writes, and "nearly 9 in 10 older people take at least one prescription...36.7 percent of them take five or more drugs."
This program aired on September 3, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.