(Update) Drug Prescriptions Spike Among Kids In The U.S.

November 4, 2008

According to a new study, more kids in the U.S. are getting prescription medications for diseases..  ....Washington (ChattahBox) – According to a new study, more kids in the U.S. are getting prescription medications for diseases.

Researchers led by Emily Cox of Express Scripts Inc. in St. Louis.

The study looked at data fromĀ  2002 to 2005, consisting of insurance claims on 3.2 million children between the ages of 5 and 19.

They found that there has been a major spike in the number of prescription medications for ADHD, asthma, diabetes, cholesterol, and other diseases.

Over that time period, they saw a 15% increase in use of cholesterol-lowering drugs for kids.

The number of kids on diabetes drugs was also found to double.

This was consistent with other diseases as well in the long run.

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


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