Foster Kids More Likely to Be Placed on Psychotropics

The New York Times reports that they find that Foster Children are more likely to be placed on psychotropics then the average child in our society. While this may seem reasonable to most nurses, following the belief that all children in foster homes are traumatized by the ordeal and such, I offer this viewpoint instead. Every psychotropic used on our children is off-label. It would be hard to find one of these children exhibiting schizophrenia or bipolar behaviors. Noted Psychiatrist and Human Rights Advocate Dr. Peter Breggin states in The Huffington post, “Now there is a Government Accounting Office (GAO) report confirming that foster children in five states — Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon and Texas — are receiving shocking amounts of psychiatric drugs. In the words of ABC News, they are “being prescribed psychiatric medications at doses higher than the maximum levels approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in these five states alone. And hundreds of foster children received five or more psychiatric drugs at the same time despite absolutely no evidence supporting the simultaneous use or safety of this number of psychiatric drugs taken together.” The ABC News report shows one 7-year-old holding a bag filled with 13 psychiatric medications that she had taken.”
It always surprises me that my fellow nurses agree to such things as this by administering meds off-label and condoning damaging treatment. It does not matter how many “reasons” you justify what you are doing, it is flat-out wrong to condone injurious therapies. Get a back bone and protest with us here.

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