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Stimulants prescribed for children without disorder by doctors for better school grades

on Fri, 10/18/2013 - 11:22
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Stimulants prescribed for children without disorder by doctors for better school grades

Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School

CANTON, Ga. — When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall.

The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr. Anderson makes, he calls the disorder “made up” and “an excuse” to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children’s true ill — poor academic performance in inadequate schools.

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Foster Children Put on Psychotropic Medication, Big Money for Foster Parents

on Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:58
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Foster Children Put on Psychotropic Medication, Big Money for Foster Parents

Don't be fooled into thinking this is only happening in the US. Children are being drugged in foster care world wide.

Hours after Texas Child Protective Services removed 5-year-old Tristen from the care of his mother and placed him in a foster home, Tristen’s foster parents took him to see a psychiatrist, citing concerns the young boy was depressed. That day, a psychiatrist prescribed Tristen three medications: one for anger, one for depression and one to help the 5-year-old relax.

Now an adult and out of the foster care system, Tristen says he recognizes he was depressed that day, but he

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Psychotropic Medication Use in Child Welfare

on Sun, 08/12/2012 - 09:18
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A research brief released by the Administration for Children and Families examines the use of psychotropic medications by children in child welfare. What makes this brief unique is its exploration of and distinction among the use of psychotropic medications across placement types (in-home and out-of-home settings), mental health needs, and usage in tandem with other mental health treatments or services.

Findings included the following:

  • Children living in-home (e.g., with one or more biological parent, an adoptive family, or informally with kin) were significantly less likely to use
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In Loving Memory of Gabriel Myers Died in Foster Care Aged 7 years old

on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 20:25
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ALLIANCE FOR HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION 
Promoting Openness, Full Disclosure, and Accountability
http://www.ahrp. org  
 
Gabriel Myers, a 7-year old boy who had been prescribed four powerful psychotropic drugs, committed suicide. 
According to the Florida chief of Department of Children & Families, the boy was taking two or three of these powerful, mind-altering drugs at the time of his death.
 
Gabriel was being treated by a "board certified child psychiatrist" who is on a list of Florida doctors that the state Agency for Health Care Administration red-flagged as having ''problematic' '

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Legislation aims to curb over-medicated odyssey many foster children face

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 14:45
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Legislation aims to curb over-medicated odyssey many foster children face

Matthew Pitzer, now 18, was left by his mother when he was 9 years old. It started a troubled path through the foster-care system, where Pitzer was kept on a variety of medications to control his mood.

A turning point

In the early 1990s, Harvard researcher and Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatrist Joseph Biederman advocated for a new take on childhood bipolar disorder, arguing that many more children have the disorder than previously thought.

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New Study Finds Georgia Foster Kids are Over-Medicated

on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 09:56
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Georgia’s foster children are being over-medicated, often to sedate them or control their behavior rather than treat a medical condition, a new study confirms.

The question is: What should Georgia do about it?

One solution being considered by state legislators calls for oversight of medications given to adjust the mood or behavior of thousands of foster children in Georgia. The bill calls for written standards for the dosages and combinations of psychotropic drugs given to those children, as well as an independent clinical review to assess all such medications and related treatments twice a