Monday, September 29, 2008

Children in the U.S. more likely to be drugged

Researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland looked into the prescription of psychotropic drugs to children for conditions such as ADHD and bipolar disorder and compared the rates of prescription between different countries. The study found that children in the U.S. were three times as likely to be prescribed mind-altering drugs. In the U.S. 6.7% of children took them, compared to 2.9% in the Netherlands and 2% in Germany. The use of antidepressants and stimulants was three times higher and the use of antipsychotic drugs was 1.5-2.2 x greater in the U.S. than in Germany or the Netherlands.

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