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Most Medicated Population: U.S. Kids Prescribed More Psychotropic Medicine

American children are about three times more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medication (altering perception, emotion or behavior) than European children. A new study led by Julie Zito of the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy suggests that regulatory practices and cultural beliefs about the role of medication in emotional and behavioral problems likely account for the difference.

Source: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 2008

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