Medication for foster children under new scrutiny in Los Angeles County, says Northridge doctor

The runaways from the foster care system who would see Liz Gomez for counseling came in with pockets full of pills.

“Many were on medications that were unnecessary,” said Gomez, the executive director for Sober College, a Woodland Hills-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for teens and young adults.

Gomez, who worked with homeless and at risk youth in Los Angeles for two decades before heading up Sober College, said she isn’t against the use of psychotropic drugs that can help youth with anxiety, depression and other issues.

But it appeared to her, she said, that there was a growing use of those drugs to control behavior as opposed to talk therapy.

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