1 in 13 Kids on Behavioral Meds
Most parents think the drugs are making a difference, study says
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2014 6:44 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A new survey provides a look at just how many kids in the US are taking medication for behavioral problems such as ADHD—figure about 1 in every 13, reports HealthDay News. The survey of 17,000 parents by the National Center for Health Statistics found that 7.5% of kids aged 6-17 had taken prescription drugs of some kind in the previous six months. The survey didn't break down specific conditions or drugs, but the vast majority of cases—somewhere around 80%—are believed to involve ADHD, reports NBC News.

If there's an upside, it's that most parents (55%) thought the drugs were making a big difference. "We can't advise parents on what to do, but I think it's positive that over half of parents reported the medications helped 'a lot,'" says the report's author. Some specifics:

  • More boys than girls were on meds, 9.7% vs. 5.2%
  • More white children (9.2%) were on meds than black (7.4%) or Hispanic (4.5%) kids
  • Kids on Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program were more likely to have a prescription (9.9%) than kids on private insurance (6.7%) or with no insurance (2.7%)
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JERZJOE
Apr 27, 2014 11:41 AM CDT
JUST REMEMBER THE MOVIE "THX1138"!! SEE IT!! AND YOU'LL KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS!! SEE IT!! PERIOD!!!
charlesSpeirceCLONE
Apr 26, 2014 9:31 AM CDT
What parents think a drug is doing is never an upside. What the drug IS doing matters. Let's strive for 100% of all Americans on behavioral meds and then when they post something another blogger does not like none of us will have to read a comment "take your meds". As it stands now the comments are being made by Dems and Repubs alike so, you see, it is free for the saying and takes us all back to "go".
BCS
Apr 25, 2014 7:35 PM CDT
They're good for you. Eat up! Brought to you by a publicly traded drug company.