Friday, October 26, 2007

GROSS!!! Over 50% of Antipsychotics Used for ADHD in young children

 In February, 2006, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration announced a contract with the University of South Florida to study the use of antipsychotics on children in Florida's Medicaid system.   
 
The press release,  (attached) says that in 2005, close to 18,000 children were prescribed antipsychotics and more than 475,000 prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs were written in the past 5 years.
 
The study, done by USF's Florida Mental Health Institute is now complete.
 
You can download the 52 page report  here:   http://www.psychsearch.net/antipsychotic_adhd.pdf
 
See page 22, it breaks down the age groups:
 
Age 0 to 5       - 53.8% of the antipsychotics were prescribed for ADHD
Age 6 to 12     - 48.8%  of the antipsychotics were prescribed for ADHD
 

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