Citing the fact that foster children are given powerful, mind-altering psychiatric drugs at an alarming 13 times the rate of other children, ABC News rolled out a series of reports based on a year-long investigation into the use of these drugs – antidepressants, antipsychotics, psycho-stimulants and other psychotropic drugs – with American foster children.
The investigation found that these children, who have already been traumatized by abuse, neglect, and abandonment, were prescribed heavy-duty psychiatric drugs in shocking amounts, in combinations considered too risky even for adults, and for disorders they don’t have. It found kids who have taken these drugs say they are in a kind of chemical prison.
In response to the shocking findings, ABC reporter Diane Sawyer asks:
“Is there something else we owe these kids who have already endured so much?”
The ABC News reports coincide with the release of a report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), which revealed foster kids are prescribed psychiatric drugs more often than non-foster kids and at higher doses – often at doses higher than the maximum levels approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The report also found a significant number of foster children were prescribed five or more psychiatric drugs at the same time despite no evidence supporting the use or safety of this number of psychiatric drugs taken simultaneously.
You can listen to the stories of these kids by clicking on the links to the ABC News reports here:
New Study Show US Government Fails to Oversee Treatment of Foster Children Prescribed Mind-Altering Drugs
Doctors Put Foster Children at Risk with Mind-Altering Drugs
Foster Kid Felt Like “Guinea Pig”
20/20: Overmedication in Foster Care
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