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A 12-year old boy told Congress that he was constantly medicated during four years of being transferred between foster homes. Ke’onte, a seventh-grader, said that taking these mind-altering drugs was ‘the worst thing anyone could do to foster kids’.
He also said that ‘it felt like I would collapse wherever I was in the house’.
The boy was misdiagnosed as having a bipolar disorder and ADHD, which led to him being given four different medications that kept him on a constant zombie-like state.
‘I think putting me on all these stupid meds was the stupidest thing I’ve ever experienced in foster care,’ he said.
Ke’onte’s testimony is part of an effort by the Government Accountability Office to find out why the government has not properly regulated the administration of drugs to children in foster care. As a result, kids in foster care are 13 times more likely to be put on anti-psychotic drugs than other kids.
‘I’ve been in the mental hospital three times during foster care, and every time I had to get on more meds or new meds to add to the ones I was already taking,’ he said.
Ke’onte says that the drugs he took made him irritable, gave him stomach aches and killed his appetite.
‘I remember having a bowl of spaghetti and had three bites and then I was done,’ he said.
Since being taken off the drugs, Ke’onte is now getting therapy, in the school band and running cross-country.