Children in Foster Care: Polypharmacy Medication Use 2002-2009

The safe and limited use of psychotropic medications is a current federal priority following research revealing high prescription rates of these medications among children, with exceptionally high rates among children in foster care. Of particular concern has been polypharmacy, the use of 3 or more classes of psychotropics at once. Click the years below to view PolicyLab's map of national and state-level trends in polypharmacy for children in foster care from 2002 to 2009.


Prevalence of Polypharmacy Use

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Please note: At the time of analysis, complete data was not available for all states for the year 2009.



Rubin D, Matone M, Huang Y-S, dosReis S, Feudtner C, Localio R.