National data indicate that eleven percent of children 5 – 11 and thirteen percent of those 12 – 17 have a problem for which medication is taken regularly for at least three months. An unknown number of children and adolescents take medications for acute problems for shorter lengths of time. Many of these children take these medications during the school day.

Allergy & Asthma Network

Fact Sheet: Psychotropic Drugs and Children – Use, Trends, and Implications for Schools.

NAMI Policy Research Institute Task Force Report: Children and Psychotropic Medications, June 2004.

State Policies on Medication Administration in School

A Systems Approach to Reducing Risk and Strengthening Quality in School Medication Management Summary of a conference (PDF Version)