San Jose Mercury News has published the first of a four-part series of investigative articles about the psychotropic drugging of California children. “A year of interviews with foster youth, caregivers, doctors, researchers and legal advocates uncovered how the largest foster care system in the U.S. has grown dependent on quick-fix, taxpayer-funded, big-profit pharmaceuticals — and how the state has done little to stop it,” reports the newspaper in part one.
San Jose Mercury News discovered that 12.2 percent of California foster children are being described two or more psychotropic medications at a time, while more than half of those who live in residential group homes — and as many as 100 percent in some counties — are authorized by juvenile courts to be given psychotropic drugs.
“To be prescribing these medications so extensively and so, I think, thoughtlessly, with so little evidence supporting their use, it’s just malpractice,” one Berkeley child psychiatrist told the San Jose Mercury News. “It really is drugging them.”
The newspaper also reports that the government has been resistant to providing key data about the practices.