Antipsychotic Drug Use for Poor Children in Kentucky Rises

A study by researchers at the university of Kentucky finds that between the years 2000 and 2010 antipsychotic prescriptions for poor and disabled children in the state jumped 270 percent. The vast majority of prescriptions were by pediatricians or family care doctors, not psychiatrists. “This trend is not unique to psychiatric medications,” said the president of a Kentucky community mental health center. “The United States is just one of two countries that allows for medications to be advertised on television. After that change, we have seen a steady increase in all medications.”

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