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Daycare owner sentenced to prison after giving risperidone to infants

January 5th, 2015

The owner of a daycare will be sentenced to ten years of prison and ten years of probation for neglecting youth after four children in her care were found with symptoms of a drug overdose. Toxicology confirmed that one of the drugs Stephanie Gribble used on the children was antipsychotic risperidone (the generic name of Risperdal).

Two five-year olds, a two-year old and an 11 month-old were hospitalized after Gribble gave them the antipsychotic medication, which is sometimes used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Risperidone and Risperdal have been linked to several severe side effects when used in youth, including gynecomastia in young boys and male adolescents.

Gynecomastia is the development of unwanted breast tissue in males. Risperdal has been found to indefinitely increase the amount of a hormone known as prolactin in the body, which leads to the breast tissue growth. Thousands of young boys, especially those in foster care, are given risperidone despite the link to gynecomastia.

 

Source: USA Today

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