Abstract 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. References 1. Mellinger GD, Balter MB, Manheimer DI: Patterns of psychotherapeutic drug use among adults in San Francisco . Arch Gen Psychiatry 25:385-394, 1971.Crossref 2. National Disease and Therapeutic Index (Data for 1970). Ambler, Pa, Lea & Associates. 3. National Prescription Audit (Data for 1970). Dedham, Mass, R. A. Gosselin and Co Inc. 4. Parry HJ: Use of psychotropic drugs by US adults . Public Health Rep 83:799-810, 1968.Crossref 5. Manheimer DI, Mellinger GD, Baiter MB: Psychotherapeutic drugs: Use among adults in California . Calif Med 109:445-451, 1968. 6. Parry HJ, Baiter MB, Cisin IH: Primary levels of under-reporting psychotropic drug use . Public Opinion Quart 34:582-592, 1970-1971.Crossref 7. Mellinger GD: Psychotherapeutic drug use among adults: A model for young drug users? J Drug Issues 1:274-285, 1971. 8. Baiter MB, Levine J: Character and extent of psychotherapeutic drug usage in the United States . Excerpta Medica , to be published. 9. Baiter MB, Levine J: The nature and extent of psychotropic drug usage in the United States . Psychopharmacol Bull 5:3-14, 1969. 10. A Study of Health Practices and Opinions, conducted by National Analysts Inc, for the Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC, 1972. 11. Klerman GL: Drugs and social values . Int J Addictions 5:312-319, 1970. 12. Berg RM: The over-medicated woman . McCall's Magazine . (September) 1971, pp 67, 109-111. 13. Turner J: A critical assessment of drug marketing practices . J Drug Issues 1:301-311, 1971. 14. Klerman GL: A reaffirmation of the efficacy of psychoactive drugs . J Drug Issues 1:312-319, 1971. 15. Manheimer DI et al: Popular beliefs and attitudes about tranquilizers (forthcoming), to be published. 16. Cahalan D, Cisin IH, Crossley HM: American Drinking Practices . New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, 1969. 17. Parry HJ: Patterns of psychotropic drug use among American adults . J Drug Issues 1:269-273, 1971. 18. Manheimer DI, Mellinger GD, Baiter MB: Marijuana use among urban adults . Science 166:1544-1545, 1969.Crossref 19. Parry HJ, Cisin IH, Balter MB: Concomitants of marijuana use among Americans aged 18-29 . Special Report D-1 Social Research Group, Washington, DC, The George Washington University, 1972. 20. Official Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse. Government Printing Office, 1972 (2 vols). 21. Balter MB, Levine J, Rubinstein I: Cross-national study of the extent of anti-anxiety/sedative drug use. Read before the Eighth Congress of the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum, Copenhagen, 1972.
Archives of General Psychiatry – American Medical Association
Published: Jun 1, 1973
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