CBS News posted this story and infographic about the prescription of powerful psychotropic and antipsychotic medication to foster youth.
The over prescription of psychotropic medications to foster youth is not a new phenomena. This issue has been in the Wall Street Journal, Denver Post, and many other media outlets across the country for a while now.
Foster Youth are disproportionately given prescriptions for Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. The behaviors are more frequently a result of trauma and abuse, not any of those other things. These medications should never be prescribed by a doctor that only sees you for a quick checkup. Psychologists and counselors need to be included in the treatment plan.