In the 23-year period between 1985 and 2008 spending on psychiatric drugs increased by nearly 5000%.

More info: Spending on psychiatric drugs, during this period of soaring disability rates, rose from around $800 million in 1985 to $40 billion in 2008. From the source: “In 2007, we [Americans] spent $2.5 billion on antidepressants and antipsychotics, and to put that figure in perspective, that was more than the gross domestic product of Cameroon, a nation of 18 million people.” (from Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an...

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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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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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