Report ordered after Margate boy’s suicide finds lapses in drug program for foster kids

The Associated Press and SunSentinel.com

TALLAHASSEE – A report ordered after the suicide of a 7-year-old boy in Margate says proper authorization was not obtained for 16 percent of Florida foster children taking antidepressants and other prescribed psychotropic drugs.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary George Sheldon ordered the study following the April 16 hanging death of Gabriel Myers in a foster home.

Gabriel had been prescribed two psychotropic drugs.

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 shows no authorization was obtained for 432 of 2,669 foster children receiving such drugs.

It states parental or court consent will be obtained for each of those children by June 5.

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