Over 40% of medicated foster children were receiving polypharmacy of 3 or more psychotropic drugs.

More info: During one month in 2004, authors examined Medicaid data from a random sample of 472 medicated youth in foster care aged 0 through 19 years in a southwestern US state. Of the foster children who had been given psychotropic medication, 41.3% received > or = 3 different classes of these drugs and 15.9% received > or = 4 different classes. The most frequently used medications were antipsychotic agents (53.2%)...

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Youth in foster care are more likely to receive multiple antipsychotics and for longer periods of time than other children enrolled in Medicaid.

More info: Researchers examined insurance claims data for 16,969 youth 20 years and youngerwith a psychiatric diagnosis who were continuously enrolled in a Mid-Atlantic state Medicaid program and had at least 1 antipsychotic claim in 2003. 19% of the children who were in foster care and 24% of children in foster care/adoption programs were on more than one antipsychotic. Black youth were 27% more likely to receivemultiple medications than white...

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Children in foster care use psychotropic drugs at an extremely high rate.

More info: Researchers examined Medicaid prescription and insurance claims data to studystudy psychotropic drug use in children in Texas foster care between September 1, 2004 -August 31, 2005. The table below shows the percentage of children*  in Texas foster care who received psychiatric medications over this 18 month period. From the source: Age Percentage of youth on psychoactive drugs, Texas Foster Care, 2004-2005  ...

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