Gabriel Myers

7-year-old boy in foster care locked himself in a bathroom and hanged himself with a detachable shower head. He had been prescribed four psychiatric drugs, two or three of which he was taking at the time of his death.

Three of the psychotropic drugs carry U.S. Food and Drug Administration "black box" label warnings for children's safety, the strongest advisory the federal agency issues.

Reporting date: 2009-04-16
Authorities involved: Kids in Distress
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Boy sues foster dad and Broward child groups over alleged sex abuse2015-03-06
New head of Broward HIV center faced molestation allegations2012-11-02
Autopsy proves foster child hanged himself; why is a mystery2009-10-30
Report: Fla. boy may not have meant to kill self2009-10-29
Florida lawmakers pledge action on psychiatric drugs in foster care2009-10-08
Myers Report Draws Anger, Action from Lawmakers2009-10-08
State panel implicates foster care workers in South Florida 7-year-old's suicide2009-08-21
Foster care task force created after 7-year-old Margate boy killed himself wants changes2009-08-21
Child-welfare panel: Drugs misused on foster kids2009-08-12
Gabriel Meyers work group findings2009-08-08
Officials working on better way to track foster kids' medical, court histories2009-07-25
DCF says its rules on children's drugs are often ignored2009-07-07
System faulted in boy's death in foster care2009-07-07
Kids need care, not pills, ex-foster children tell panel2009-06-19
Panel To Investigate Boy's Death In Foster Care2009-06-07
Portrait of a child at risk2009-06-05
Report focuses on Fla. foster kids' prescriptions2009-05-28
Child welfare case shows oversight lax2009-05-23
Report State of Florida Department of Children and Families2009-05-20
Panel: Troubled suicidal boy, 7, needed a parent2009-05-15
Number of foster children in Florida on mood-altering drugs underreported, state study finds2009-05-14
Probe sought of doctor who prescribed drugs to 7-year-old who killed self2009-05-12
DCF must do better2009-05-12
Suicide of foster child, 7, prompts review of DCF drug policy2009-05-09
Drug limits skirted for foster kids2009-05-08
State probes apparent suicide of foster child, 72009-04-30
After 7-year-old's suicide, officials order look at drug use of other Florida foster children2009-04-29
Child's death was anything but a suicide2009-04-27
Behind Gabriel Myers' sweet smile lay a sad, scarred soul2009-04-26
Broward County foster child had history of sexual behavior2009-04-25
Answers needed in case of child's suicide2009-04-24
State officials investigating whether 7-year-old suicide victim was given mind-altering drug2009-04-24
Danger of foster system drug policy known before child's suicide2009-04-22
Margate 7-year-old's sad journey began 10 months ago2009-04-22
7-year-old who killed himself made death threats2009-04-22
7-year-old boy prescribed powerful drug before suicide2009-04-22
Broward child's suicide raises questions about medication2009-04-21
Police investigate 7-year-old's hanging death2009-04-17
Police: 7-year-old foster child dies after possible hanging in Margate home2009-04-17
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