Dec 29th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
More than one of four American children and teenagers take a prescription drug on a regular basis.
This stat comes from Medco Health Solutions Inc.
, the nation's largest health-care benefits manager. Medco also found that nearly 7 percent of young people take at least two prescription drugs.
A separate analysis by the research firm IMS Health
found that the most prevalent drug among those under 18 is asthma medication, followed by ADHD meds, antidepressants, antipsychotics and antihypertensives.
If this keeps up, old curmudgeons will soon be bragging about how they used to walk three miles to school in the snow and without any Adderall (or an inhaler).