Ohio doesn’t adequately track foster kids’ psychotropic and opioid drug prescriptions, report finds


WASHINGTON, D. C. - Ohio’s foster care system does not adequately track psychotropic and opioid medication prescriptions for children in its care who have painful injuries or conditions including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders that require such drugs, according to an inspector general’s report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The report found more than 30% of the children in foster care in the state were prescribed one or more psychotropic or opioid medications and Ohio’s Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) often lacked accurate details about their prescriptions...