Nearly one in every 10 American children is diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Often the treatment prescribed is medication. Children in foster care are prescribed drugs at a much higher rate than that of other kids. And concern over their well-being — not to mention the amount it costs to treat them — has prompted the government accountability office to investigate potentially abusive prescribing practices in state foster care systems. The GAO findings are expected to come out later this year. Need to Know correspondent Shoshana Guy provides an update on a story we first aired in January.
Drugs in the system: Foster children and antipsychotic medication
ByJune 3, 2011
Last modified: June 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm