Thursday, September 12, 2013

Huge Study Finds 5-fold Increase in ADHD Medication Use in Kids and Teens

Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

Use of stimulant medications to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents has increased significantly over the past several years - around the globe. Recently, we reported a staggering increase in the UK for children as young as three. That report included information of U.S. sales of ADHD stimulants more than doubling between 2007 and 2012, from $4 billion to $9 billion.

This particular study was done in Denmark and also found the trend toward increased use of prescription stimulants goes beyond ADHD to other types of neuropsychiatric disorders in children and teens, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The new study is published in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology (JCAP), a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

Possibly the largest study conducted on ADHD med use to date reviewed more than 850,000 children born in Denmark between 1990 and 2001.