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ADHD

Approximately 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 have received a diagnosis of A.D.H.D at some point in their lives. According to this New York Times article, that's a 53 percent rise in the past decade. And which group tends to get diagnosed the most? Poor kids. Children covered by Medicaid "have among the highest rates of A.D.H.D. diagnoses: 14 percent for school-age children, about one-third higher than the rest of the population."

This story went around between those on the State of Opportunity team this morning. Honestly, we all had the same reaction and we all thought it seemed pretty crazy. But maybe we're wrong? Tell us what you think. Do you have a child who takes one of these medications? Or are you a doctor who works with kids? Share your story with us.