Report: More than a quarter of Colorado foster children are prescribed psychotropic drugs
Critics say Colorado is relying too much on medication for foster children instead of providing the therapy they need to overcome the trauma they've experienced.
That's after an investigation by The Denver Post found 25 percent of children in foster care in the state are on psychotropic drugs like antidepressant and antipsychotic medications. That's five times higher than children who aren't in foster care.
The newspaper reports experts say the medication can lead to weight gain and diabetes in children. Another concern cited by the FDA is that antidepresseants can increase suicidal thoughts and behavior in children.
Colorado trails other states that have reduced the use of these drugs. The Post says pharmaceutical companies spare no expense to promote the medications to health professionals.
The series by The Post can be found here.
Correction (April 15, 2014 11:40 a.m. MT): An earlier version of the this story stated that more than a third of Colorado foster kids are on psychotropic drugs. The figure should be more than a quarter of foster kids. The above story has been edited to reflect this correction.