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U.S. Government Fails to Oversee Treatment of Foster Children With Mind-Altering Drugs
The GAO's report, based on a two-year-long investigation, looked at five states -- Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Texas. Thousands of foster children were being prescribed psychiatric medications at doses higher than the maximum levels approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in these five states alone. And hundreds of foster children received five or more psychiatric drugs at the same time despite absolutely no evidence supporting the simultaneous use or safety of this number of psychiatric drugs taken together....
I am a child counselor at a psychiatric hospital and have seen thousands of children in acute psychiatric distress. Almost 100% of the children I see are perscribed at minimum 3 psychatropic medications, most of whom are in the states custody and bounced around from one foster family to the next. I personally work with a psychiatrist who is conservative with his perscriptions so I can't imagine how a more liberal doc would perscribe meds to a kid! What a shame, wish I had more say in the way these cases are handled. Pray for our children, they are growing up in such a godless, corrupt society!