INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - More people reached for prescription medications when the coronavirus began to significantly impact the United States.
Researchers for Express Scripts analyzed prescription claims for medications filled between mid-February and mid-March. They found that, overall, prescriptions for drugs to treat depression, anxiety, and insomnia increased by 21 percent.
Anti-anxiety prescriptions had the biggest jump at 34 percent.
Anti-depressant prescriptions rose over 18 percent and anti-insomnia increased by nearly 15 percent.
The figures peaked the week of March 15 when the World Health Organization declared a pandemic and the U.S. declared a national emergency.