Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Medication use rises in the U.S.

A survey of the drugs being prescribed to children in the U.S. has found increases in the number of prescriptions being written for ADHD drugs and antidepressants. The survey covered the years between 2002 and 2005 and used a database of prescription claims from children with private health insurance, almost four million children altogether. Prescriptions for ADHD drugs rose by 40.4% (63% among girls and 33% among boys) and prescriptions for antidepressants rose by 7% among girls and 4% among boys.

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