One in six adolescents were taking antipsychotic medications by the end of a five-year study of 686,000 children in foster care in 48 states. Other psychoactive medication and the use of multiple simultaneous medications (“polypharmacy”) were declining by the end of the study. “We’re not saying these medications should never be used for children, but the high rate at which they’re used by children in foster care indicates that other interventions and supports, such as trauma-based counseling, may not be in place for them,” said one author.
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