Psychotropic Drugs and Kids Brings Experts From Across the Country to Boys Town

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Conference Funded by National Institutes of Health

Today experts from across the country gather to address the overuse of psychotropic medication for kids. The conference is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is hosted by Boys Town.

The psychotropic medication rates of behaviorally disordered children and youth have greatly increased since the early 90’s. Meanwhile, the use of these drugs is controversial for youth due to the lack of research about effectiveness for this population and evidence that there is increased risk of adverse effects in youth.

“The collaboration of this impressive group will allow for researchers and practitioners in this area to take this subject to the next level,” said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town president and national executive director. “Boys Town wants to be a part of a long-term plan to study and produce outcomes to effect change in the way America cares for her children and families.”

The two-day conference is being held at the Village of Boys Town and the Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Neb. The event involves a number of discussions around conducting research that will allow youth to be on medications they need, but no more. Attendees hope to help shape both clinical practice and research supported b the federal government on this topic in the coming years.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years.
In 2010, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 470,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.


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