Use of ADHD Medication Soars Worldwide

Roughly one in 25 children and adolescents in the United States is taking medication for ADHD.

Tuesday March 6th - 2:06pm

The use of psycho-stimulant drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has more than tripled worldwide since 1993, challenging widespread assumptions that this neuro-developmental disorder is concentrated in the United States, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley.

While the United States, Canada and Australia showed higher-than-expected rates of ADHD medication use between 1993 and 2003, a country-by-country analysis showed increases in ADHD drug consumption in countries including France, Sweden, Korea and Japan.

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