United States of Medication: What Our 10 Most Common Prescription Drugs Reveal About America's Health

Do you hear that?

It’s the rattling of billions of prescription pill bottles across the US.

We’re more medicated than ever. Americans filled over four billion prescriptions in 2015. Between 1999 and 2012, prescription drug use rose from 51 to 59 percent. Some prescriptions — like ones that treat high blood pressure or lower cholesterol — saw major increases in use. Some demographics, such as middle-aged and older Americans saw major increases in prescription medications too.

But with overall prescription drug use on the rise, what does it mean for our national health? And what do our most common prescription drugs reveal about our nation’s health?

The Most Common Prescription Drugs and What They Reveal About America's Health Infographic

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