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State did not Follow Proper Channels in Giving Drugs to Minors

Associated Press
Tallahassee, Fla:

The state did not follow proper channels in giving certain types of drugs to some children who are under state care.

A new report 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 that was released Thursday after the apparent suicide of a 7-year-old boy last month in Margate.

State records failed to accurately reflect what type of drugs the boy had been prescribed. Records also indicate required consent had not been obtained from his parents or a judge.

The report shows no authorization was obtained for 433 of 2,669 foster children receiving such drugs.

Sheldon says parental or court consent will be obtained for each of those 433 children that by June 5th.

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