Way Too many children have been prescribed medication like Polypharmacy, or the use of many drugs at once, which is a common problem in the care of children with behavioral and mental health disorders.
The New York Post documented the life of Renae Smith, a high school student who was given ten different types of psychotropic drugs.
One comprehensive analysis indicated that up to an 87percent of children and teenagers with autism are administered two or more drugs concurrently.
From 2006 – 2015, prescriptions for (ADHD) drugs among patients aged 2 to 24 years grew from 4.8% to 8.4%, while the proportion of those who were given treatment for ADHD as well as at least one other medication went from 26% to 40.7%.
When children have prescribed too many medications without first addressing the underlying causes of their health problems, it may lead to a downward cycle of decreasing health and escalating adverse effects.
Drugs with potentially dangerous side effects are being prescribed to children in the United States for the purpose of addressing mental health issues.
However, the pills don’t solve the underlying issue and can lead to new symptoms that need more treatment.
Express Scripts, a mail-order pharmacy, reports that adolescent antidepressant prescriptions surged by 38 percent between 2015 and 2019, while adult antidepressant prescriptions increased by 12 percent.
Keep in mind that this was before the epidemic, when the isolation and other anxieties may have “pushed over the brink” those youngsters already struggling with mental health.
Considerably higher rates of suicidal behavior tendencies, such as suicide ideation or suicide attempts, as well corresponded to times of increased COVID-related worries, the ultimate result is that even more kids have likely been recommended psychoactive medications compared to and in 2019, before the pandemic.
It’s hard to fathom a scenario in which a healthy adolescent would benefit from taking almost a dozen different psychotropic drugs.
For Renae Smith’s case, the justification arises not as a clear-cut medical necessity but from disconnected treatment and overprescribing doctors who obviously had no other alternatives for care than dishing out medicines.