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Investigation questions the prescription of psychotropic drugs to foster youth

Screenshot of the Bay Area News Group documentary, "Drugging our Kids"


On Thursday, March 26th, at the Tech Museum in San Jose, the Bay Area News Group is screening a documentary as part of its latest investigation into the over-prescription of drugs in California’s foster care system. The state has almost 60,000 foster youth – and one out of every four is given psychotropic drugs. Those are drugs to fix their behavior, not to help a mental illness. And they’re known to have horrible side effects. 

Reporter Karen de Sa spoke with many foster children for the investigative series “Drugging our Kids.” She came by our studios earlier this week to talk about what she discovered.

Click the audio player above to listen to the complete interview.

The documentary “Drugging our Kids” is screening at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose at 6pm on Thursday, March 26th. It's free and open to the public. De Sa will be facilitating the conversation. For more information, click here






Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.