American Kids Are Medicated More Than Ever

Nia Pure Nature

Children in the U.S. are being plied with powerful drugs to treat mental health concerns. The medications, however, don’t get to the root of the problem and often create new problems of their own — symptoms that are then treated with more medications.

According to mail-order pharmacy Express Scripts, prescriptions for antidepressants for teenagers increased 38% from 2015 to 2019, while such prescriptions for adults rose 12% during that time.1 Note that this was prior to the pandemic, during which social isolation and other fears may have pushed some children with mental health issues “over the edge.”2

Significantly higher rates of suicide-related behaviors, including suicide ideation and suicide attempts, also corresponded to times of increased COVID-19-related concerns,3 the end result being that even more children have likely been prescribed psychotropic drugs compared to in 2019, before the pandemic.

Children Prescribed Multiple — Even 10 — Drugs

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