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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Progress report: Keeping tabs on meds for foster-care kids

In February, Trent John sat down at his desk in the Children, Youth & Families Department and opened up a password-protected Excel spreadsheet. A list of psychotropic medications prescribed to most of the foster-care children in New Mexico popped up on the screen.

There were 31 pages chock full of detail about antipsychotics, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and other drugs that treat serious medical conditions — and that also require careful monitoring and review. Of the nearly 2,500 kids in foster care, about 500, or one-fifth of the population, received one or more of these drugs.

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