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Monday, October 8, 2007

In case you missed it: ending a painful choice, tracking children on psychiatric drugs

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Holly Poirier and her son, Owyn Tyler Law (above),
who has a brain tumor, participate in a
state program that provides palliative care.
(Suzanne Kreiter/GLOBE STAFF)


Massachusetts is blazing a path that melds the latest medical treatments with emotional and spiritual supports for families of children with life-limiting illnesses. The initiative brings government-paid palliative care to the homes of families, without requiring them to meet the strict requirements of end-of-life hospice programs, Alice Dembner writes in Saturday's Globe.

rebecca%20riley%20100.bmpFollowing the death of 4-year-old Rebecca Riley Hull (left) from an overdose of psychiatric drugs last December, state officials have set up a unique early-warning system to spot preschoolers who may be getting excessive medication for mental illness. In just the first three months, the system has flagged the cases of at least 35 children for further investigation, and the number is sure to rise, Scott Allen reports in Sunday's Globe.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 07:18 AM
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