June 10, 2012

Foster Children Medicated at High Rates

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Oklahoma medicates its foster children at higher rates than national averages when it comes to antipsychotic drug prescriptions, according to a study released by PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

The study, which used data from 2007, found that 14.8 percent of Oklahoma foster children were on antipsychotic prescription drugs in 2007. The national average was 11.8 percent.

The study also found that 6.2 percent of Oklahoma foster children were on three or more antipsychotic prescription drugs in 2007. The national average was 5.3 percent.

To learn more about the study and what Oklahoma officials are doing to address the problem, read The Oklahoman’s June 10 article on the PolicyLab study.