Kids Get More ADHD Drugs Than Anti-biotics
How here is a disturbing new trend, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the use of ADHD drugs grew by 46 percent, or some 800,000 prescriptions a year, in a short 8 years from 20102 to 2010.
Ritalin seems to be the most popular of all the stimulants that are being prescribed in 2010 with more than 4 million prescriptions being filled.
"...the number of children that we are treating for attention deficit disorder has gone up," said Scott Benson, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a spokesperson for the American Psychiatric Association.
"For the most part I think the overall increase reflects a reduction in the stigma. It used to be 'You're a bad parent if you can't get your child to behave, and you're a doubly bad parent if you put them on medicine."
Now here is the flip side to this shocking study, prescriptions for Antibiotics fell by 14 percent, suggesting that efforts to curb rampant overuse of the drugs "may be working," the researchers wrote.
(Yes, I know, you just said "Huh?" I did too.)
Experts say antibiotics are commonly used to treat infections caused by viruses, although they only work against bacteria - and that has fueled the growth of drug-resistant superbugs. (according to IMS Health)
There were 263 million filled prescriptions to minors in 2010, down seven to nine percent since 2002.
Other research showed drops among children included allergy medicines, cough and cold drugs, painkillers and antidepressants, yet rises in ADHD drugs, asthma medicine and birth control pills also showed increases.