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.
STOLLEY PD, BECKER MH, MCEVILLA JD, et al. 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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