Thursday, May 28, 2009

State records failed to accurately reflect drugs prescribed

Report focuses on Fla. foster kids' prescriptions

The Associated Press

A new state report will focus on the prescribing of antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs to foster children.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon ordered the study that's due out Thursday after the apparent suicide of a 7-year-old boy last month in Margate.

State records failed to accurately reflect the drugs he had been prescribed, nor had required consent been obtained from his parents or a judge.

The report is expected to show whether other foster children have received such prescriptions without proper authorization or record keeping.

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