Georgia’s foster children are being over-medicated, often to sedate them or control their behavior rather than treat a medical condition, a new study confirms. The question is: What should Georgia do about it? State legislators are considering oversight that would include written standards for dosages and independent reviews of prescriptions twice a year. But some child psychiatrists, worried about second-guessing and potentially lengthy delays in treatment, object to pre-authorization of certain medications and a requirement that children 14 and older give their informed consent.
The state’s waiting list for people with HIV to get government drug assistance is steadily growing — intensifying concerns that patients won’t get needed medications. More than 1,100 Georgians are on the waiting list — the second-longest in the country behind Florida’s. The program, which needs about $5 million more in state money, instead faces a $600,000 budget cut.