Administration of ADHD Meds in School Declines

A survey of school nurses reported a decrease in the need for giving ADHD medication during the school day.

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Approximately 95% of the 311 school nurses who responded to a recent survey reported at least a moderate decline in the in-school administration of ADHD medication. They also stated that theft and abuse of such medication had decreased.

These findings support data from researchers and government administrations collected over the past several years. Such statistics show that administration of ADHD medication by school nurses as well as abuse of that medication have both declined, while the rates of children diagnosed with the disorder has remained relatively stable.

The decline of school-based administration may be the result of the growing popularity of longer-lasting or extended-release medications.

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