Study: Antipsychotic Prescriptions Rise Among Teens And Young Adults

Reuters (7/11, Rapaport) reported that a study published online July 1 in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that the number of teens and young adults using antipsychotics is rising. It appears that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is one of the main contributors to the rise, a condition for which the medications are not approved. The study found that only 1.10 percent of teens and 0.69 of young adults between the ages of 19 and 24 used antipsychotics. That number rose to 1.19 percent among teens in 2010 and 0.84 percent among young adults. Even though the number seems small, the article noted that these add up to large numbers considering the fact that there are currently about 74 million children under 18 in the US.

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— “Antipsychotic use rising among teens and young adults,” Lisa Rapport, Reuters, July 10, 2015.

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