Friday, July 22, 2011

The mass overmedication of foster children with psychiatric drugs

Friday, July 22, 2011 by: Sally Oaken

(NaturalNews) For a long list of reasons, the day-to-day life of a child in foster care can be challenging. Foster parents are often stretched thin and overburdened, foster children often wrestle with emotional issues that can go misdiagnosed, unrecognized or misunderstood, and qualified medical care for this vulnerable population is constantly in short supply.

These challenges are now being compounded by an additional concern: the over-administration of psychotropic drugs. Psychotropic medications are intended to combat or ease the symptoms of behavioral and mental health problems, but among children in foster care, these drugs are being prescribed at excessive levels and often for inappropriate reasons.

According to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, about 4 percent of the general youth population has received prescriptions for these drugs during the past decade. By comparison, the numbers for children in foster care fall between 13 and 52 percent. This study corroborates the findings of similar studies conducted in Texas and Georgia during the same time period.

There are several debatable factors that can explain the disparity in prescription rates between children in foster care and the general youth population. While foster children may appear to suffer from a higher rate of behavioral and mental health concerns, many of these behavioral issues arise as a natural response to trauma and domestic stress, and are being improperly diagnosed as mental health disorders.

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I left a nice comment there-

On the percentage of kidnapped kids in state custody- 13 to 50 percent seems too low to me. I would put it at 99 percent to 400 percent.

Four hundred percent? Yes, because they have a lot of these kids on MULTIPLE drugs at the same time. Up to 7 or 8 different kinds of dope. FULL DOSE OF EACH DOPE-- ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

And by the way, hardly worth mentioning, MOST of the dope is approved for OVER 18 years of age ONLY.

But since that would massively reduce the amount of FRAUD they can collect from Social Security and Medicare, the under 18 thing can be waived. I guess.

If you wanted to cut the Federal Budget by about a third of a trillion, CPS and their colluding contractors would be a GREAT PLACE to cut. In fact most of them belong in prison for their Federal Crimes (several of which are capital crimes against families under the Color of Law).

Leonard Henderson,
co-founder American Family Rights
"Until Every Child Comes Home"©
"The Voice of America's Families"©

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