CDC: 7.5% of U.S. youths are prescribed behavioral meds

04/24/2014 | NBC News · Verge, The

An estimated 7.5% of 6- to 17-year-olds, or about 3.2 million children, were given prescription drugs for treatment of behavioral or emotional problems in 2011, according to a CDC report. Children covered by Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program were more likely to be prescribed such medications than those with private insurance or no insurance. Officials also found that boys had higher prescription rates than girls.

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