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Use of psychiatric drugs surging

 

 

January 15, 2002

Albany-- More children are using prescription psychiatric drugs.

Researchers say use of medications to treat conditions ranging from depression to attention deficit disorder has doubled, even tripled in some cases.

Here in Albany, one long-time pediatrician disagrees with the study's findings. Dr. John Sanders says he's only given anti-depressants two or three times, although he writes many more prescriptions for kids with ADD, "I know there is always worry about over prescribing. I've been prescribing Ritalin for thirty years, have not seen over prescribed in most areas."

Dr. Sanders thinks more research should be done on whether psychiatric drugs prescribed for children are being used only for medical reasons, not behavioral.

Posted at 5:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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