According to a study released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 7.5% of children ages 6-17 were prescribed medication for “emotional or behavioral difficulties” during a 6 month period from 2010-2011. More than half the parents of these children reported that the medication helped “a lot”.
In addition those children enrolled in Medicaid or Child Health Plus were more likely to be prescribed medication as were children whose families were 100% below the poverty line.
Male patients were prescribed medication significantly more than their female counterparts at a rate of 9.7% vs. 5.2%. …
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