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Michelle Cole and Brent Walth of The Oregonian found that children in foster care are being placed on psychiatric drugs (or psychotropic drugs, as they’re often called) far more often than other kids. Many children in protective custody do face more serious mental health problems – they’ve either witnessed abuse and neglect, or have been victims themselves. But when the state plays the role of guardian, who makes the decision to put a child on a powerful psychiatric drug, and why? Cole and Walth share how they reported the story.
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