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Children in Foster Care: Antipsychotic 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. The use of antipsychotics, a class of psychotropics, has been increasingly monitored in recent years due to rising use in children despite limited safety information. Click the years below to view PolicyLab's map of national and state-level trends in antipsychotics for children in foster care from 2002 to 2009.


Prevalence of Antipsychotic 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.