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Foster children prescribed drugs at higher rate

US study raises concerns over psychiatric risk

By Tracy Jan
Globe Staff / December 2, 2011
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Foster children in Massachusetts are nearly four times as likely to be prescribed psychotropic drugs as non-foster children in the state, an alarming figure released in a report this morning by the Government Accountability Office during a congressional hearing. The federal audit also found that Bay State foster children are being prescribed two or more psychotropic drugs concomitantly at a rate eight times that of non-foster children, and are almost four times as likely to be prescribed a medication exceeding FDA recommendations.

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