The rate of prescription drug use among children and teens continues to rise, with a new report from Medco Health Solutions Inc. saying that at least a quarter of all U.S. children are now regularly taking pharmaceutical drugs. And according to the report, many of these drugs were originally intended for adults, and carry with them unknown side effects for long-term use in young people.
My Advice For Parents Give them LOVE and ATENTTION and take Omega 3 and Meditation.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that in addition to taking drugs for conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and asthma, children are now taking things like sleeping pills, diabetes drugs and even statin drugs, which are typically only prescribed for adults. The report cites an eight-year-old boy, for example, who has been taking blood pressure medications since he was a baby.
Dr. Danny Benjamin, a professor of pediatrics at Duke University, admitted to the WSJ that prescribing chronic medications to children is a serious problem. "We know we're making errors in dosing and safety," he said, noting also that parents must do more to question the safety of medicines their doctors prescribe.
Experts worry that the increasing prevalence of children on prescription drugs is causing these young people serious harm, and that parents should instead seek out dietary and lifestyle changes for their children. But because many doctors continue to dole out the drugs like candy, despite known dangers, many parents just accept them for their children without giving it a second thought.
And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has done little, if anything, to warn the public about the dangers of using chronic prescription drugs, especially in small children. Safety studies in young people are not necessarily required in order for doctors to prescribe adult medications to children, as long as the drug is already FDA-approved.
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From the National Institute of Mental Health:
Is suicide common among children and young people?
In 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24.1 Of every 100,000 young people in each age group, the following number died by suicide:1 * Children ages 10 to 14 — 0.9 per 100,000 * Adolescents ages 15 to 19 — 6.9 per 100,000 * Young adults ages 20 to 24 — 12.7 per 100,000
There were also gender differences in suicide among young people, as follows: * Nearly five times as many males as females ages 15 to 19 died by suicide. * Just under six times as many males as females ages 20 to 24 died by suicide.
Of every 100,000 people in each of the following ethnic/racial groups below, the following number died by suicide in 2007. * Highest rates: o American Indian and Alaska Natives — 14.3 per 100,000 o Non-Hispanic Whites — 13.5 per 100,000 * Lowest rates: o Hispanics — 6.0 per 100,000 o Non-Hispanic Blacks — 5.1 per 100,000 o Asian and Pacific Islanders — 6.2 per 100,000
From the FDA:
Antidepressant Use in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
[5/2/2007] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today proposed that makers of all antidepressant medications update the existing black box warning on their products' labeling to include warnings about increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24 during initial treatment (generally the first one to two months).
List of Antidepressant Drugs with Medication Guides
Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide)
Desyrel (trazodone HCl)
Effexor (venlafaxine HCl)
Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
Nardil (phenelzine sulfate)
Norpramin (desipramine HCl) Pamelor (nortriptyline)
Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate)
Paxil (paroxetine HCl)
Pexeva (paroxetine mesylate)
Prozac (fluoxetine HCl)
Sarafem (fluoxetine HCl)
Tofranil-PM (imipramine pamoate)
Wellbutrin (bupropion HCl)
Zoloft (sertraline HCl)
Zyban (bupropion HCl)
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