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QuickStats: Percentage* of Persons Reporting Use of At Least One Prescription Drug During the Preceding Month, by Sex and Race/Ethnicity --- United States, 1999--2002


* Age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using four age groups: <18 years, 18--44 years, 45--64 years, and >65 years.

95% confidence interval.

During 1999--2002, approximately 50% of females and 40% of males reported using at least one prescription drug during the preceding month, with non-Hispanic whites more likely to do so than non-Hispanic blacks and Mexican-Americans. In each racial/ethnic population, females were more likely than males to have used at least one prescription drug during the preceding month.

SOURCES: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2005. Table 91. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2005. Available at; National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999--2002. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 1/12/2006


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