In a recently published study reviewing medication prescription in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Madden and her colleagues report that children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are much more likely to be prescribed a psychotropic medication compared to their peers who do not have this diagnosis.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved the narcotic painkiller OxyContin for pediatric use. The regulatory agency reported the drug is safe for children as young as 11 who are experiencing chronic pain that cannot be treated successfully with other medications. OxyContin is an extended-release version of oxycodone.