An interesting article from the ASD Research Initiative about the statistics behind medicating our kiddos. Thank you, ASD Research Initiative.
Director’s Blog: Are Children Overmedicated?
A recent symposium at the Carter Center featured a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that as many as 10,000 toddlers may be receiving psychostimulant medication, like methylphenidate (Ritalin).1 The media reports of this, like many past reports, decried the overmedication of children. The numbers are notable.
The latest estimate from the National Center for Health Statistics reports that 7.5 percent of U.S. children between ages 6 and 17 were taking medication for “emotional or behavioral difficulties” in 2011-2012.2
The CDC reports a five-fold increase in the number of children under 18 on psychostimulants from 1988-1994 to 2007–2010, with the most recent rate of 4.2 percent.3
The same report estimates that 1.3 percent of children are on antidepressants.
The rate of antipsychotic prescriptions for children has increased six-fold over this same period, according to a study of…
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