More Children In The U.S. Being Prescribed Medications

November 3, 2008

A new study has found that more children in the U.S. are being prescribed medications for diabetes, asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and more...........Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has found that more children in the U.S. are being prescribed medications for diabetes, asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and more.

The study was led by Dr. Donna Halloran from St. Louis University, and looked at medication use among U.S. kids from 2002 to 2005.

Overall, they examined the data on a total of 3.2 million children between the ages of 5 to 19 to check on drug use.

When they looked closely at the data, they saw a huge spike in the number of prescription medications from 2002 to 2005.

Researchers have confirmed a 46% increase in the number of prescriptions for asthma alone.

On top of that, they also reported a 40% increase in medications for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and a 15% increase for cholesterol drugs.

More kids then ever are being given prescription medications for these types of disorders.

Researchers want to know what is driving the increase, as it could be anything from obesity to a variety of other things.

The report has been published in the November issue of Pediatrics.


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