It has to be increasing at the same or similar levels here too in the US...BD 

Five years ago UK GPs prescribed 721 million drugs, in 2006 the figure rose to 918 million, an increase of £10 billion per year in costs for the National Health Service. Some health experts are concerned that Britain may be turning into a nation of pill-poppers, where a drug is demanded for every ill. British doctors write 870,000 anti-depressant prescriptions each week, compared to 730,000 five years ago. Paul Flynn, MP, said that British society is becoming medicalised - where people believe they need a pill for everything. The Daily Telegraph quotes a Conservative Party study which indicates that £1 billion has been spent on drugs that patients never used over the past five years.

Doctors Hand Out 27% More Prescriptions During The Last Five Years, UK


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