Psychotropic drug cases Florida

Over-medication of children came to the light after a series of complaints. In 2005 a bill was signed that tightened rules on when foster children can be given psychotropic drugs. The law requires prior consent of a foster child's parents or a court order before such drugs can be used. The bill's approval followed a report concluding that mood-altering drugs were being prescribed to 25 percent of Florida's foster children.

After the death of Gabriel Meyers further investigations into over-medication in foster care started.

Reporting date: 2003-07-01
Authorities involved: Department of Children and Families
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Florida lawmakers pledge action on psychiatric drugs in foster care2009-10-08
Myers Report Draws Anger, Action from Lawmakers2009-10-08
DCF Changing Culture2009-09-03
Advocate Still Mad at Foster Children Being Prescribed Drugs2009-08-14
Report: Fla. child welfare lacks accountability2009-08-13
Child-welfare panel: Drugs misused on foster kids2009-08-12
Psychotropic Medications Report2009-08-06
Officials working on better way to track foster kids' medical, court histories2009-07-25
Gov. Charlie Crist urged to stop 'chemical restraint' of foster kids2009-07-23
DCF says its rules on children's drugs are often ignored2009-07-07
Consent for foster kids' psychiatric drugs on rise2009-07-06
Drug rules to protect kids were ignored, DCF says2009-06-09
Drug rules to protect kids were ignored, DCF says2009-06-09
Children in foster care taking psychotropic drugs higher than originally thought.2009-06-05
Florida Department of Children and Families' records on foster children taking psychiatric drugs raise doubts2009-05-30
Review finds shortfalls in monitoring of foster children on psychiatric drugs2009-05-29
More Florida foster kids than thought are given mental-health drugs2009-05-28
Report focuses on Fla. foster kids' prescriptions2009-05-28
Study: One in four Florida foster children is on antidepressants 2008-02-19
Critics: States quick to drug foster kids 2007-03-14
Florida has no list of foster kids on psychiatric drugs 2006-09-23
Prescriptions for tragedy 2005-02-01
1 in 4 foster kids on mood medication 2005-01-17
Maker of drug admits hiding its risks 2004-07-24
Minding the children 2003-11-26
Study sought on drugs prescribed to foster kids 2003-11-20
Babies given mind altering drugs in Florida / 68 Paxil Withdrawal Victims File Lawsuit 2003-09-24
Mind drugs given to hundreds in Fla. foster care 2003-09-12
Psychotropic drug use in foster care - Red Item Report2003-07-01
Mind-altering drugs given to some babies in DCF's care2002-09-17
DRUG AGREEMENT TIED TO TEENAGER'S HOUSING2001-06-07
Should Antipsychotic Drugs Be Given to Children?, Part 2 2001-05-16
REPORT DECRIED GIVING DRUGS TO KIDS CONSULTANT STUDIED FLORIDA CENTERS FOR FOSTER CARE2001-05-11
SAVE OUR CHILDREN2001-05-09
ADVOCATES ALARMED BY DRUGS USED FOR KIDS MEDICAID CHILDREN UNDER 6 AT ISSUE2001-05-07
FOSTER WORKERS CAN'T OK KIDS' PILLS ONLY PARENT, JUDGE CAN APPROVE USE, AGENCY DECIDES2001-05-01
TOO BAD THERE'S NO PILL FOR APATHY2001-04-24
FOSTER KIDS DESCRIBE DRUGS' EFFECTS PRESCRIBED PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS MADE `EVERYTHING A BLUR' FOR ONE GIRL2001-04-23
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