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US teens’ use of psychiatric drugs levels off

About 6 percent of US teenagers report using a psychiatric medicine, such as an antidepressant or attention-deficit treatment, as drug therapy for the conditions remains steady, a government survey found.

Boys were more likely to get stimulant medications such as Ritalin for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the report Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Girls were more likely to use antidepressants. Drugs for ADHD and antidepressants were the most-common medicines used by 12- to 19-year-olds surveyed from 2005 to 2010.

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