PAUL D. STOLLEY, M.D., M.P.H.; MARSHALL H. BECKER, Ph.D., M.P.H.; JOSEPH D. MCEVILLA, Ph.D.; LOUIS LASAGNA, M.D.; MARLANE GAINOR, M.A.; LOIS M. SLOANE, M.A.
The overall patterns of drug prescribing and use in an entire community were studied for a year. A substantial proportion of the drugs prescribed were psychotropic agents that either sedate or stimulate. These psychotropic drugs accounted for 17% of all prescriptions, with almost 13% of all patients receiving one of these agents through a doctor's prescription. The amphetamines were the eighth most frequently dispensed class of drugs, with almost 3% of all patients who received a prescription being given an amphetamine. The general impression that there is a high rate of psychotropic drug use in the United States was substantiated in this community study.
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STOLLEY PD, BECKER MH, MCEVILLA JD, LASAGNA L, GAINOR M, SLOANE LM. Drug Prescribing and Use in an American Community. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:537–540. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-4-537
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(4):537-540.
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