Overmedicating White Boys


According to a 2016 study carried out by an assistant professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, rates of ADHD diagnosis and drugging among American children are growing year by year, and Whites bear the brunt of it. The overall rates of ADHD diagnoses of school-aged children in America have climbed from 8% in 2003 to 11% in 2011. In this study, conducted among schoolchildren in grades five to ten across school districts in various major American urban areas (Los Angeles, Birmingham and Houston), 19% of White children were diagnosed with ADHD by tenth grade, compared to only 10% of Blacks and 4% of Hispanics. The disparity is even greater when factoring in who’s on medication and who isn’t—out of those diagnosed with ADHD, 65% of White children were doped up on meds, compared to only 36% of Blacks and 30% of Hispanics. Earlier statistics from 1995-1996 show a gender discrepancy as well, with 17% of White boys on ADHD medications compared to 9% of Black boys, 7% of White girls and 3% of Black girls (these statistics only cite Black and White rates, since they are from a quainter time when Hispanics weren’t yet a major presence in American society).
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