Jan 25, 2013 1:24 PM by NBC News

Some kids with ADHD diagnosed, medicated more than others

A new study reveals boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls and some states medicate their kids more than others.

In 2007, there were four million children diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. Two out of three were taking medication to treat the condition; however, medication rates varied significantly between states. In Nevada, a third of kids diagnosed with ADHD were treated with medication, compared to 80% of those in Mississippi.

Researchers also found boys were medicated more often than girls.

Experts say the uneven distribution of ADHD meds throughout the U.S. may be contributing to shortages in some areas.



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