Discussion on Whether Children are Being Over Medicated in U.S

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Studies done raised questions concerning children in U.S are being overmedicated. Some of the examples of the includes: according to the article written by Williams Parks, on 2008 revealed that most of the pediatrians have recommended use of the use of the medication to the children with sleeping disturbance. Greater percent of parents have used the over-the counter (OTC) medications to their children with sleep problem (Owens, 2003).

Another example of why is thought children is being overmedicated is as follows: The report from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) indicated that more than 10, 000 toddlers are getting psychostimulant medication such as methylphenidate. This report reveals that the children are being overmedicated. As well National Center for Health Statistics report indicated that 7.5 percent of the American children fewer than 18 years are taking medication on behavioral or emotional difficulties. The study has shown that 1.3 percent of the children are taking antidepressants (Schwartz, 2014).

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Discussion based on data on the above studies

In many cases the doctors recommend particular medication before carrying out tests for the particular diseases. Most of the parents instead of seeking the information to understand the reasons behind sleeping problems of the children then they recommend the use OTC medication for sleeping problem. OTC medication is not recommended to treat insomnia or to sleeping related problems but surprisingly is administered to the children with difficulties in sleeping. In this case it is clearly shown that children are being overmedicated because the medication being administered to them does not serve the right purpose to the children (Owens,

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