One in Five Americans Uses a Psychiatric Drug

Because of the increased use of generic drugs, there has been a slowdown in the growth of spending for psychiatric drugs in the United States since 2001. However, the portion of the population that used a psychiatric drug rose from 13% in 1997 to 19% in 2008, according to research published in Psychiatric Services.
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