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Powerful drugs being prescribed off-label to children

Children and antipsychoticsThe St. Petersburg Times' Robert Farley spent six months investigating the skyrocketing amount of atypical antipsychotic drugs being prescribed to children. The drugs, developed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults, increasingly have been prescribed off-label to children with aggressive behavior or ADHD. During his investigation, Farley found that almost no research has been done on the long-term effects of these drugs on the developing brains of children. Here, he talks about how he developed two stories about the drugs and a third one that will be published soon.

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