The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Foster Children Drugged

Jan 23, 2023

One in three foster children in Maryland is being given psychotropic (mind-altering) medications, according to a recent lawsuit filed against the state by civil rights groups and advocates. The children are drugged to restrain them. Three in four do not even have a psychiatric diagnosis. More than half who are given these medications got multiple drugs, up to seven at a time. Drugging children into oblivion is obviously not healthy and not good for their development into responsible adults. They are not being treated, they are being made more compliant and subdued.

Maryland has more than 2,500 children in foster care. The number has gone way down in recent decades, even as the need has increased. But the funding has dried up, dropping by nearly one fourth from 2008 to 2018. Caseworkers are overloaded. Foster parents are worn out. So adults slam drugs into children to control them.

Capitalist society is less and less able to take care of its young people.