The Facts

Sunday, March 2, 2008

* In 2006, 227 million antidepressant prescriptions were dispensed to Americans, more than any other class of medication.

* 33 million Americans were prescribed at least one psychiatric drug in 2004, up from 21 million in 1997.

* The U.S. accounts for two-thirds of the global antidepressant market.

* Nine percent of U.S. teens have been prescribed drugs for depression.

FROM "Comfortably Numb"


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