Many Foster Kids Being Medicated; Report Examines Unauthorized Psychiatric Drugs
Larrabee, Brandon, The Florida Times Union
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE
TALLAHASSEE - Almost 2,700 foster children are on psychiatric medicines, including hundreds in Northeast Florida, even though the agency has no authority to give the drugs to more than 16 percent of those children, according to a state report issued Thursday.
The report follows an ongoing review by the Department of Children and Families after the assumed suicide this year of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers in Fort Lauderdale.
Gabriel was taking psychiatric, or psychotropic, medications. But DCF later found that those caring for the boy hadn't obtained the parental consent or court order required by state law.
According to the …
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Publication information: Article title: Many Foster Kids Being Medicated; Report Examines Unauthorized Psychiatric Drugs. Contributors: Larrabee, Brandon - Author. Newspaper title: The Florida Times Union. Publication date: May 29, 2009. Page number: Not available. © 2007 The Florida Times-Union. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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