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American kids are more likely to be medicated for behavioral problems if they’re in poor or military families


An estimated 7.5 percent of American children age 6-17 were prescribed drugs to treat behavioral and emotional difficulties in 2011, according to a CDC report published today. Furthermore, the CDC reports that nearly 8 percent of children whose parents are members of the US military and 9.2 percent of children from families with incomes below the poverty line take prescription drugs for these same problems. Unfortunately, the report does not state what these medications are. The survey doesnt ask questions on specific types of medications, so we dont know the types that they are using, says LaJeana Howie, a CDC statistician who worked on the report.

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