Sunday, May 19 2013 2:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:47:40 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad. 15-year-old Marcos Arenas was run over by an SUV on Thursday near Charleston and Torrey Pines. PoliceMore>>
Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-19 18:26:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead. The driver of a Acura was driving northbound when for some reason he enteredMore>>
Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly crash on the I15 near the Speedway. We're told 3 people are dead.More>>
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:51 PM EDT2013-05-19 17:51:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure. Officials tells us they stopped working this morning. Right now at least 2 trams are working, butMore>>
Some of the trams at McCarran International Airport are down due to an electrical failure.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:25 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:25:46 GMT
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible. Police say two men tried to rob the child of the device on Thursday.More>>
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible.More>>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:09:50 GMT
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball. The jackpot has grown to $600 million. People tell 8 News Now they waitedMore>>
Lines of people were wrapped around The Lotto Store twice this weekend for the second largest lottery in the history of Powerball.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:02:54 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating two people found dead in an apartment complex near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. According to police, the bodies were found around 3 p.m. Friday atMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in an apartment Friday afternoon near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.More>>
Remember that kid in school who had all the answers? In Mr. Moye's honors history class, her name is Saida Brown. The Coronado High School sophomore values education like first-time drivers cherish their wheels.
Born to a drug-addicted mom, Saida entered foster care at 14-years-old when a family member discovered she was cutting herself. Frequent admissions to mental health facilities followed, along with multiple psychiatric diagnoses. "I was on so many medications. They had me on medications that zoned me out. My grades in school mean so much to me and they would send me to school on Thorazine," she said.
She says she was on Seroquel, Haldol, and Depakote, just to name a few. They're powerful, mood-altering drugs and some of them are not approved for use on children. "The medicine was making it worse. I was like, ‘I don't need any pharmaceuticals to help me cope with life. I just need someone to sit down and talk to me,' you know," she said.
A review of state insurance records suggests Saida's experience is not unique. In 2007, one in five kids in the custody of state or county agencies was prescribed one or more psychotropic medications. More than 80 children 5-years-old or younger were taking powerful anti-psychotic drugs.
"We just don't know the long term effects of many of these pharmaceuticals on kids because it's not really measured -- the anti-psychotics in particular," said child psychiatrist Dr. Norton Roitman.
Roitman is among a growing chorus seeking more oversight of the process by which children in the system receive medication. A bill before the Nevada State Legislature would require parental consent, or court approval, before psychotropic drugs can be used on the youngest foster kids.
"It's just like grammar school; you have to show your work. You have to show you've gone through the necessary steps to not overprescribe. In order to put a kid at risk, you have to be able to justify that," he said.
Roitman acknowledges, of course, some children benefit from medication but insists a lack of resources contributes to overuse.
"I decided I wasn't going to be a guinea pig anymore," said Saida. With the support of her foster mom and a therapist, Saida stopped taking her pills. "That was kind of my turning point for when I started to get on track," she said.
Saida's fellow students recently elected her junior class president and her academic achievement puts her among the top of her class. At 17-years-old, she may not really have all the answers, but Saida will be the first to tell you that she has some of them. "Everything is not going to be ok unless you push yourself to keep going," she said.
Family Services Director Tom Morton has conducted his own research into this issue. His findings show 55 children in county custody under the age of six on psychotropic medications, including a 2-year-old diagnosed with three different disorders taking five different drugs.
Policy changes are underway to keep the agency more informed about what drugs kids in their care are taking and in the future, all requests will be reviewed by clinical staff.