While the battle rages over the escalating cost of some prescriptiondrugs, American consumption of these pharmaceuticalsin general is at an all-time high, with no slowing of usage insight.

That’s what a team of researchers from Boston and New Yorkinstitutions found when they examined federal prescription drug usedata. Their main finding: 59 percent of adult Americans filled atleast one prescription drug order in 2011-2012, compared to 51percent in the 1999-2000 study period.

The percentage of those who filled at least five drug ordersrose from 8 percent in 1999-2000 to 15 percent in the later studyperiod. The increased demand was largely made up of mood changers,drugs that address obesity, muscle relaxers and certainproton pump inhibitors.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.