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June 1973

National Patterns of Psychotherapeutic Drug Use

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC; Rockville, Md; Berkeley, Calif; Washington, DC; Berkeley, Calif
From the Social Research Group, the George Washington University, Washington, DC (Drs. Parry and Cisin); the Psychopharmacology Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Rockville, Md (Dr. Balter); and the Institute for Research in Social Behavior (formerly the Family Research Center, Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute) Berkeley, Calif (Dr. Mellinger and D. Manheimer).

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.