NY Times report on new study: Drugs Used for Psychotics Go to Youths in Foster Care

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/health/research/study-finds-foster-chi...

"Foster children are being prescribed cocktails of powerful antipsychosis drugs just as frequently as some of the most mentally disabled youngsters on Medicaid, a new study suggests.

The report, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, is the first to investigate how often youngsters in foster care are given two antipsychotic drugs at once, the authors said. The drugs include Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa — among other so-called major tranquilizers — which were developed for schizophrenia but are now used as all-purpose drugs for almost any psychiatric symptoms."

I also posted this on DU. Thom has experience working with foster kids through Salem Children's Village, and I was hoping that he would comment on this study sometime this week. But so far he's been occupied with the occupy movement.

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