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Rutgers Today Interview with Steve Crystal

The use of antipsychotic drugs to treat very young children appears to be on the rise. Thatís the conclusion of a recent study conducted by researchers at Rutgers and Columbia universities. The study, published in the January edition of Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, examined a large database of privately insured children. The study team found that the percentage of children aged 2 to 5 who were treated with antipsychotics during the year doubled between from 2001 to 2007 and now stands at about 1.76 per 1,000 children.

One of the researchers, Professor Stephen Crystal, director of the Rutgersí Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, discussed the findings with Rutgers Today. The other Rutgers co-authors are Tobias Gerhard and Cecelia Huang.

Read the entire February 2, 2010 Rutgers Today interview with Stephen Crystal.

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