Medicaid Kids in Psych-Rx $urge

New York Post

By SUSAN EDELMAN and MELISSA KLEIN

New York state’s Medicaid program paid $82.8 million in 2006 for two dozen psychiatric drugs for tens of thousands of children – with many of the meds not FDA-approved for kids, records obtained by The Post show.

Use of the powerful antipsychotics, anticonvulsants and antidepressants once prescribed only for adults has skyrocketed as more New York kids are diagnosed with mental illnesses and behavioral disorders.

But experts fear some children may be misdiagnosed, overmedicated and at risk for horrendous side effects such as diabetes, breast growth in boys and suicidal tendencies. Most of the drugs have not been thoroughly tested or studied on kids…

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