NCHS study: 7.5% of children aged 6-17 taking behavioral medications

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The NBC News (4/24, Fox) website reports that a survey conducted by researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics has found that “7.5 percent of children aged 6–17 are taking some sort of prescription medicine for emotional or behavioral difficulties,” supporting evidence that an increasing number of “US kids are getting drugs for conditions like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).” For the survey, researchers interviewed the parents of 17,000 youngsters during the years 2011 and 2012. Figures from the American Psychiatric Association indicate that “five percent of US children have AD/HD,” the article also notes.


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