U.S. kids taking more meds than ever

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Today's kids are highly medicatedA new study confirms a growing body of evidence suggesting that today’s children are more medicated than any past generation.

The findings indicate that it is increasingly common for American children to be prescribed drugs to address a number of health conditions, from asthma to diabetes.

Research published in the journal Pediatrics show an increase in prescription medications given to children over the years stretching from 2002-05, compared with previous three-year periods.

Dr. Emily R. Rox and colleagues found that prescriptions for medications to treat type 2 diabetes among children aged five to 19 doubled during this period, while those aimed at asthma rose by 46 percent.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and high cholesterol were among the other conditions that saw an increase regarding their treatment with prescription drugs.

"Most people who would look at these numbers would indicate that these are worrisome trends" Cox told HealthDay News. "We need to understand what is driving this increase."

Previous research published in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health found that American children are approximately three times more likely than their European counterparts to be prescribed psychotropic drugs.
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