”(this study) 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.”
The article gives a detailed explanation about how the study was conducted. Altogether, researchers analyzed the records of 637, 927 minors who were “either in foster care, getting disability benefits for a diagnosis like severe autism or bipolar disorder, or in a program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.” The results show a higher percentage of prescriptions being prescribed to children in the system:
“Yet among these, it was the foster children who most often got more than one such prescription at the same time: 9.2 percent, versus 6.8 percent among the children on disability, and just 2.5 percent of those in the needy families program.”
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What are your opinions about this study? Aside from the listed side effects from the medications, what other repercussions could these prescriptions have on a child in foster care? What changes can society make to avoid severely medicating so many youth in foster care?