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psychiatric drugs on foster children.
For the third time in less than a year, a Florida foster child has committed suicide.
16-year-old Guilianna Ramos Bermudez hanged herself in a group home where she’d been bullied. She’d also suffered another trauma; Her own daughter, who had been allowed to live with her at the group home had been taken away.
On the night she died, she had argued with the group home staff, refusing to take her psychiatric medication.
Giulianna’s best friend told the Miami Herald:
“She would always refuse her meds. ‘Mazzy, it makes me feel like a zombie,” Mazzelyn said. “The meds made her depressed. She wasn’t depressed.”
Would this tragedy have taken place even had the Herald not launched a crusade to tear apart more families, overloading the entire system? We’ll never know. But this tragedy would have been less likely for at least two reasons: