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  • Prescription Kids

    Foster children in Colorado are prescribed psychotropic drugs, including powerful anti-psychotics with harmful side effects, at five times the rate of other kids.
  • C-HIT: Pharma Perks

    The Affordable Care Act requires pharmaceutical companies to publicly report all payments to physicians by September 2013. Some drug companies have already compiled, but few consumers know that the information is available or how to access it. What this story did is disclose for the first time for CT consumers: 1) how many doctors in Connecticut are high-prescribers of certain psychotropic and pain medications, (108) 2) the cost of written prescriptions (hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases) 3) how many of these doctors received payments from drug companies (at least 43) 4) and the amounts that the doctors received from the drug companies ($30,000 - $99,000) It also reported that only 3 doctors on the high-prescribing drug list have been disciplined by the state Medical Examining Board.
  • The Other Welfare

    The series examines the $10 billion federal disability program for low income children in Massachusetts. The author found that the program gives incentives for parents to put their children on psychotropic drugs.
  • Careless Detention

    Four-part series on the medical treatment of immigrant detainees in the United States. Goldstein and Priest exposed the shoddy, unethical and, at times, fatal treatment of immigrants during their detentions and as they were being deported to their native countries. Their stories led readers deep inside America's network of immigration prisons--a world that had grown exponentially in the years since 9/11, yet remained largely unknown and hidden from view. Their stories documented the deaths of 83 detainees. And in one of the most stunning revelation, Goldstein and Priest disclosed the previously unreported scope of a practice of forcible sedation of immigrants with dangerous psychotropic drugs during deportation to their native countries; they found more than 250 instances in which the drugs were used on people with no history of psychiatric problems. Their stories also revealed that the most prevalent cause of death among the immigrant detainees is suicide, including the hangings of detainees known to be in such fragile mental health that they had been assigned suicide watchers. They profiled the slipshod treatment of an ailing Korean immigrant, a legal U.S. resident for three decades detained in a rail in the Arizona desert, with a history of recurrent cancer. And they documented the flawed medical practices, bureaucratic ineptitude, sloppy record-keeping and staff shortages that cause detainees who are sick to suffer and sometimes to die.
  • Potent Pills: Foster Children and Mood Altering drugs

    "While Monroe Country NY has a foster care medical clinic that is considered a national model, our research showed an alarming increase in the prescription of psychotropic medications to foster children in the county."
  • Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight

    The series investigated mental health screening and treatment for service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Based on Defense Department records data and interviews with more than 100 mental health experts, service members, and the relatives and friends of troops who committed suicide in the war zone, we reported that the military was increasingly sending, keeping and recycling mentally troubles troops into combat, in violation of the military's own regulations, and with tragic consequences."
  • Kids, Antidepressants, and Money

    This series uncovered how Texas was medicating foster children with powerful and sometimes dangerous psychotropic drugs. In many cases, these drugs were not necessary and over-prescribed. The children were being systematically medicated due to the mandated use of a program that was designed by "expert consultants" who were also paid consultants for the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Jail of the Mind

    WFAA-TV examined the Dallas County Jail, which has 7,000 prisoners and has been described as the largest mental institution in Texas--at least 1300 of the prisoners are currently or have previously been prescribed some kind of psychotropic medication. The investigation found that "many are not getting their 'meds' in jail, endangering them, fellow prisoners, and ultimately, society when they are released from incarceration."
  • Throwaway Kids: Broken Promises; Curse or Cure? Desperate Children, Haphazard Care; Where New York Lags, Milwaukee Succeeds

    A Journal News investigation into New York's care system for mentally ill children exposes abuse and neglect. Some of the most needy children are sent to residential treatment centers, which "are costly to taxpayers, yet function without adequate standards of oversight and without a means to evaluate the effectiveness of the care." A major finding is that the facilities increasingly use psychotropic drugs to keep the kids under control. Instead of helping children improve their conditions and returning them to their communities -- as a model Wisconsin program has achieved -- the New York system is overhauled.
  • Generation Rx

    "Millions of American children -- including children as young as two years old -- are being given powerful antidepressant medications in what amounts to an uncontrolled national experiment. Waters found that while these drugs have not been approved by the FDA for children, their use by children and teenagers has increased 50 percent in the past five years."