He steered into the high school parking lot, clicked off the ignition and scanned the scraps of his recent weeks. Crinkled chip bags on the dashboard. Soda cups at his feet. And on the passenger seat, a rumpled SAT practice book whose owner had been told since fourth grade he was headed to the Ivy League. Pencils up in 20 minutes. The boy exhaled. Before opening the car door, he recalled recently, he twisted open a capsule of orange powder and arranged it in a neat line on the armrest. He leaned over, closed one nostril and snorted it. Throughout the parking lot, he said, eight of his friends did the same thing. The drug was not cocaine or heroin, but Adderall, an amphetamine prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that the boy said he and his friends routinely shared to study late into the night, focus during tests and ultimately get the grades worthy of their prestigious high school in an affluent suburb of New York City. Read this article.
Questions to consider:
Since children in foster care are more likely to be prescribed medication that their peers, what questions or concerns does this article bring up for you as an advocate?
What medications is your CASA child on and how do you keep up with new medications and changes in medications?
How do you ensure that your CASA child's medications go with her to a new placement?
What questions do you ask medical professionals about your CASA child's medications?
What would you do if you discovered your CASA child was abusing a prescribed medication? What if you found out they were selling their own medication to others?