Study: Kids increasingly medicated

November 3, 2008 2:02:29 PM PST
America's children are increasingly being medicated, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. The study found more and more children are being given drugs to fight chronic conditions such as asthma and hyperactivity.

From 2002 to 2005 prescriptions for medicines to treat type-2 diabetes doubled, asthma medications rose by more than 46 percent, medicines for ADHD increased by more than 40 percent, and prescriptions for cholesterol lowering drugs were up by 15 percent.

Authors say the increase could be for several reasons such as changes in the way doctors prescribe drugs and better screening that identifies more chronic conditions.