7 in 10 People Taking Prescription Drugs

A collection of stunning statistics about the extent of prescription drug use in this press release from the Mayo Clinic about a forthcoming study:

Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed, their study found. Twenty percent of patients are on five or more prescription medications, according to the findings, published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.