ADHD Drugs For Children Increasing Rapidly

06/20/2012 08:27 AM ET

The prescriptions for ADHD Drugs for children have largely increased this past year.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication has been a popular topic recently as the Food Drug Administration (FDA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) disagree about the volume of the drug that is needed to work for the consumers.

The DEA is involved with this controversy due to these drugs having a high potential for abuse; however, these drugs can be very beneficial for children and adults.

Last year, children were given more ADHD drugs and contraceptives, yet the amount of antibiotic prescriptions were down. Despite the shortage of ADHD drugs, the amount of people taking them went up 46 percent. Contraceptives being prescribed to persons under the age of 18 went up an astonishing 93 percent, and antibiotic drugs were decreased by 14 percent.

Altogether, prescriptions were down by approximately 7 percent for children. The study did not go into the reasons why these numbers fluctuated so much and FDA spokeswoman Sandy Walsh explained why following the numbers being released.

“This study was done to assess the wide variety of prescription drugs that are prescribed to U.S. children… The data we used do not allow us to understand the reasons behind these trends.”

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