Troubled kids, powerful drugs

PublicSource built a database of the medications ordered by the six state-operated youth correctional facilities from 2007 through 2013.

The high-security system has been shrinking over the last decade, but the facilities remain to take the state's most chronic or violent juvenile offenders.

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Seven years of pharmaceutical invoices

From 6 state-run juvenile correctional facilities in Pennsylvania

Totaling 82,555 medical purchases

33.7% of purchases were for psychotropic drugs

They fall into five psychotropic drug classes

Below is a breakdown of the percent of kids the drugs in these classes were sufficient to treat

And are represented by 54 different medications

Top psychotropic drugs

Drug Name Brand Name Prescriptions Drug Class May treat
quetiapine Seroquel 5,294 Antipsychotics Autistic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Psychotic Disorders,
aripiprazole Abilify 3,363 Antipsychotics Schizophrenia,
valproate Depakote 2,024 Mood Stabilizers & Antiepileptics None,
trazodone Desyrel 1,678 Antidepressants Depressive Disorder, Sleep Initiation And Maintenance Disorders,
methylphenidate Ritalin 1,284 Anti-Adhd Medications & Stimulants Attention Deficit Disorder With Hyperactivity, Depressive Disorder, Narcolepsy,
mirtazapine Remeron 1,209 Antidepressants Depressive Disorder,
risperidone Risperdal 1,160 Antipsychotics Autistic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Child Development Disorders, Pervasive, Dementia, Schizophrenia, Tourette Syndrome,
fluoxetine Prozac 1,023 Antidepressants Bulimia, Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder,
sertraline Zoloft 971 Antidepressants Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorder, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic,
adderall Adderall 923 Anti-Adhd Medications & Stimulants Attention Deficit Disorder With Hyperactivity, Narcolepsy, Attention Deficit Disorder With Hyperactivity, Narcolepsy,
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