Who are the doctors prescribing powerful drugs to foster kids?
Investigative reporter Karen de Sá examined the doctors prescribing powerful anti-psychotic drugs for kids, and psychiatrist Dr. Michael Barrett explains why some drugs are necessary.
Children in California's foster care system are prescribed powerful psychotropic meds more than three times the rate of other kids.
Investigative reporter Karen de Sá has been examining the practice for her series "Drugged Kids" at the San Jose Mercury News.
She's spoken with former foster kids who said these medications posed serious problems for them, and dug deep into the pharmaceutical companies making these drugs.
Her investigations have even inspired lawmakers to pass legislation limiting psychotropic drugs in foster homes, including a group of bills in the state senate right now.
Take Two talks with de Sá, now at the San Francisco Chronicle, for her latest installment that focused on the doctors who are prescribing these medications, as well as psychiatrist Dr. Michael Barrett who explains why he recommends these drugs for some patients.