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Lawmakers call for end to reckless prescribing of psych meds to California foster kids
The Mercury News

Some of the state’s most influential lawmakers on Monday called on California’s foster care system to stop the reckless prescribing of psychiatric medications to troubled children, demanding the state quit spending tens of millions of tax dollars on such risky therapies.

The demand for action comes a day after this newspaper published “Drugging our Kids,” an investigation that found nearly one in four adolescents in the nation’s largest child welfare system is prescribed at least one psych med — 3 1/2 times the rate of all teens.