Mental Health Drug Prescriptions Rising

The number of Americans taking mental health prescription medication is up 6.4% in…

The number of Americans taking mental health prescription medication is up 6.4% in the last year, which means that 65 million people (1 in 5) are now prescribed medication to help them cope with stress, anxiety or depression, according to an online insurance marketplace.

Nationwide, 18 states have seen a 10-20% increase in the number of people taking prescription mental health medication in the last year, according to the research by QuoteWizard.

Colorado, West Virginia and Montana had the largest increases in people taking mental health medication, while Kentucky, New Jersey and Nebraska saw the largest decreases.

The report is based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The increase in prescriptions for mental health-related mediation really points to the impact COVID-19 is having on America’s mental health. Many people are struggling and they should be applauded for having the courage to reach out and ask for help,” said the report’s authors.

COVID-19 and Mental Health Medication

State % increase in people taking prescription mental health medication (Aug 2020-March 2021) Average % of people taking prescription mental health medication
Colorado 21.0% 20.6%
West Virginia 20.8% 27.1%
Montana 18.7% 21.8%
South Dakota 18.5% 21.1%
Illinois 17.1% 20.1%
Nevada 16.2% 17.4%
Massachusetts 15.4% 23.0%
Maryland 14.9% 19.7%
Wyoming 13.3% 21.2%
North Carolina 13.2% 22.0%
Texas 12.9% 18.5%
New Hampshire 12.1% 23.6%
South Carolina 12.0% 23.0%
Mississippi 11.4% 23.2%
Connecticut 10.9% 20.8%
Oklahoma 10.9% 24.3%
Wisconsin 10.6% 21.8%
Minnesota 10.1% 22.7%
Kansas 9.7% 23.3%
North Dakota 9.3% 21.4%

Source: QuoteWizard (quotewizard.com), an insurance comparison marketplace. The researchers analyzed Pulse Survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data range went from Aug. 19, 2020 to March 15, 2021.

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