Study Shows Widespread Misuse of Prescription Drugs

Nearly two out of three Americans don’t follow their doctor’s orders properly when taking prescription drugs, neglecting to take their medications or seeking out pills that weren’t intended for them, according to new research.

Of the people that didn’t follow their doctors’ orders, two in five weren’t taking any medications even though they had been prescribed, suggesting some people can’t afford them, skip treatments or even divert them to the black market, Quest Diagnostics says. The remaining 60% of misusers were taking medications that weren’t prescribed by their doctors.

The report can be found at: http://www.questdiagnostics.com/dms/Documents/health-trends/PDF-MI3040_PDM-Report_24638_FIN_Digital_4-20-12/PDF%20MI3040_PDM%20Report_24638_FIN_Digital_4-20-12.pdf

http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2012/04/25/study-shows-widespread-misuse-of-prescription-drugs/

Source: WallStreetJournal.com – April 25, 2012

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