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Drugs in the system: Foster children and antipsychotic medication

This week on our investigative series The Watch List: An update to our story on the use and potential over-use of powerful antipsychotic drugs on children in the nation’s foster care systems.

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.

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