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Average Prescription Drug Has 70 Side Effects

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by Susan Patterson, Off The Grid News

According to the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center, 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug, and more than half of these people take two. The most commonly prescribed are antidepressants, antibiotics and painkillers.

Over the last 10 years, prescription drug use in the United States has steadily increased. According to researchers, this trend is not expected to slow down anytime soon as drug companies continue to hammer out new and “exciting” treatments for any number of conditions. The increase in use raises concerns over many things including prescription practices, drug expenditures and the impact that taking so many drugs has on long-term physical and mental health.

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