Use of hyperactivity drugs soars

BBC News 8 Mar 07
The use of drugs to treat hyperactivity in children has soared worldwide, say US researchers. Between 1993 and 2003, prescriptions of ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, almost tripled. Global spending on ADHD drugs increased nine-fold, with 83% occurring in the US, a study in Health Affairs reported. Between 1993 and 2003 use of ADHD medications increased by 274%. The US, Canada and Australia all had higher than expected use of the drugs.