Medicated Nation: 12.6 Prescriptions Per Capita!
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's study, "Prescription Drug Trends":
The average number of retail prescriptions per capita increased from 8.9 in 1997 to 12.6 in 2007 (see chart above). The percent of the population with a prescription drug expense in 2005 was 59% for those under age 65, and 91% for those 65 and older; the proportions of these populations with a drug expense has changed little since 1997, when they were 59% and 86%, respectively.
Increased advertising for prescription drugs, an aging population taking more drugs, greater availability of generic drugs, new and better drugs being introduced, and lower drug prices? Comments welcome.