Survey Finds 7.5% of Youths Are Prescribed Behavioral Medications

About 7.5% of youth ages 6 to 17 years were given prescription drugs for behavioral or emotional problems during 2011-2012, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey. Children covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) were more likely to be prescribed such medications than those with private insurance. The report notes that boys had higher prescription rates than girls.