More youths on Medicaid are prescribed antipsychotic meds

03/25/2013 | DoctorsLounge.com

A study in the journal Psychiatric Services showed a substantial increase in the use of antipsychotic drugs among children and teens covered by Medicaid from 1997 to 2006. Researchers looked at 500,000 2- to 17-year-olds and found that Medicaid-insured youths were five times more likely to be prescribed such drugs than their privately insured peers.

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