Over 25% of Teens Use Prescription Pills Regularly, Study Says
A new study shows that more than 25 percent of American kids and teens are taking prescription medication on a regular basis, and about 7 percent are on two or more drugs at the same time.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the report is based on 2009 figures from pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. Many of the medications are treatments for asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, but teens are also taking other drugs that are generally prescribed for adults.
Diabetes pills and sleep drugs are becoming more common in teens' medicine cabinets, and IMS Health tells the paper that blood pressure medication taken by those 19 and younger could hit 5.5 million this year. That's a 17 percent increase from from 2007.
Eventhough some teens may be getting these drugs with a prescription, the long-term effects of the medications are still unknown. Doctors warn that prescribing medications to teens has the potential to be problematic when they get older, and the consquences of taking the drugs over a prolonged period of time have yet to be proven by research.
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