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June 1973

National Patterns of Psychotherapeutic Drug Use

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(6):769-783. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750360007002

Data on national patterns of use of psychotherapeutic drugs derive from a national sample of American adults. During the year preceding the interview, 13% of the men and 29% of the women had used such prescription drugs–in particular minor tranquilizers and daytime sedatives. Prevalence of prescription drug use varies greatly by sex, age, and region of the country.