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Gov. Jerry Brown signs law to regulate prescription drugs for foster children

by Deepa Fernandes with Leo Duran | Take Two®

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For Joymara Coleman, a 24-year-old student from Hayward, Calif., the medications she was prescribed in foster care "took away the essence" of who she was. Coleman was photographed at her Hayward apartment on Aug. 11, 2014, with two of the psychotropic medications she was prescribed while in foster care. She no longer takes Abilify or trazodone, but keeps them in her apartment as a reminder of what she has overcome. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group

In her 2014 series, investigative reporter Karen de Sa discovered that nearly one in four foster children in California was prescribed powerful psychotropic drugs.

Some of these drugs are so strong that they aren't legally approved to use on children. Many of the former foster youths she talked to said they were left in a daze and barely able to comprehend daily life.

The news struck a chord among state lawmakers, and on Tuesday Gov. Jerry Brown signed a set of new laws to regulate and curb the practice.

De Sa joins Take Two for the latest.

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