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California foster children would be better protected from overprescribing physicians, under proposed new laws now in the Assembly
The Mercury News

Proposed laws aimed at cracking down on the overuse of psychiatric medication in foster care require more from judges, lawyers, nurses, social workers, caregivers and state investigators to better protect children from potentially dangerous drugs.

The measures, however, create no new rules for the one profession at the heart of the problem — doctors who do the prescribing. Under four bills now moving through the Assembly, California’s juvenile courts and social service agencies — not the medical profession — would be tasked with keeping in check physicians who treat traumatized kids.