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Are ADHD Medications Being Overprescribed?

There are 5 million children who are currently taking ADHD drugs in the U.S. alone. The number of children being treated with prescription medication for ADHD has soared in recent years.Fewer children are being prescribed antibiotics nowadays compared to a decade ago, according to a new study from the Food and Drug Administration. But over the past 10 years, more kids and teens were given prescriptions for ADHD drugs.The rise in stimulant prescribing for youths must be taken in context. Between 1990 and 2005 there was a rapid rise in pediatric prescriptions for many psychiatric medications—not only stimulants.

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