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Kids and Prescriptions

New statistics show more children are using prescription drugs than ever before.

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics reviewed prescription claims from more than three million children between the ages of five and 19 over a four-year period.

It finds type two diabetes prescriptions doubled, asthma medication use went up nearly 50 percent, and prescriptions for ADHD drugs went up 40 percent.

Experts aren't sure why these numbers are going up -- they're planning future studies on how obesity and disease screening influence pediatric prescriptions.

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