Foster Children Prescribed Drugs At Higher Rate

December 04, 2011

Foster children in Massachusetts are nearly four times as likely to be prescribed psychotropic drugs as other children receiving similar Medicaid support in the state, an alarming figure released in a government report yesterday. The Government Accountability Office examined the rates of such prescriptions for foster and non-foster children insured by Medicaid in five states, including Florida, Michigan, Oregon, and Texas, using 2008 data. It found that foster children, including infants, were prescribed the drugs at rates 2.7 to 4.5 times higher than other children (Jan, 12/2).

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