Young Boys’ Use of Psychopharmaceuticals on the Rise

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Young Boys’ Use of Psychopharmaceuticals on the Rise

According to rúv.is, more than eight percent of Icelandic boys take medicine for neurological and psychological ailments on a daily basis. This is revealed in a new report by Welfare Watch, an initiative of the Ministry of Welfare.

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Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The use of these drugs has increased in recent years. Just over six percent of boys aged 5-14 took such drugs in 2006.

Out of the eight percent who took the drugs two years ago, just over half of them took drugs for ADD and ADHD.

Drug use for neurological and psychological ailments is considerably rarer among Icelandic girls. Three percent use such drugs on a daily basis, a third of which to treat ADD and ADHD.

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