Monday, November 8, 2010
A nation of drugged youth...
Quarter of children with sleep problems being medicated with psych drugs
One in four children with difficulty sleeping is given a psychoactive drug, according to a study conducted by researchers from Hasbro Children's Hospital, St. Joseph's University/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Case University School of medicine.
Although no sleep drugs have been approved by the FDA for use in children under the age of 18, "treatment of insomnia symptoms with both over-the-counter and prescription medication is a common clinical practice, particularly for children and adolescents with special needs and co-morbid psychiatric disorders," said lead author Judith Owens.