Behavioral Medication Use in Children and Teens

The percentage of boys ages 5-18 taking one or more behavioral medication in 2012 was more than double that of girls: 6.0 percent versus 2.3 percent. Highlights:
  • In 2012, 4.2 percent of children and teenagers ages 5–18 took one or more behavioral medications (2.42 million of 58.35 million children and teenagers).
  • The percentage of boys ages 5–18 taking one or more behavioral medications was more than double the percentage of girls ages 5–18 taking one or more behavioral medications (6.0 percent versus 2.3 percent) in 2012.
  • Children and teenagers ages 5–18 with public only insurance and those with any private insurance were more likely to take one or more behavioral medications (4.9 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively) compared with uninsured children and teenagers (1.0 percent) in 2012.
  • (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #473: Behavioral Medication Utilization in Children and Teenagers Ages 5–18 in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012).
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