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HealthSmart: Prescription Drugs

Written by Keira McGuire, witf Producer and Host | Apr 21, 2014 10:55 AM

Prescription drug use among Americans is increasing.  According to the Mayo Clinic, about 70 percent of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug and more than half are taking at least two medications.  In fact, the majority of doctor's appointments today involve drug therapy.

The number of people taking prescription medication isn't the only figure that's growing.  Prescription drug abuse is now considered the fastest growing drug problem in the United States. 

Why are patients filling so many prescriptions and why are doctors feeling the need to prescribe?  On HealthSmart:  Prescription Drugs we'll take a look at how we got to this point and we'll examine possible solutions.

Don't miss HealthSmart:  Prescription Drugs April 24th at 8pm on witf-tv.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 26

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