A staggering 25 percent of teens in California's foster care system are prescribed psychiatric medications.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, "Nearly 1 out of every 4 adolescents in California’s foster care system is receiving these drugs" to control their behavior even though some of the medications are "not approved for children."

In total, about 15 percent of all foster children were prescribed psychiatric medications.

“We’re experimenting on our children,” Los Angeles County Judge Michael Nash told the Los Angeles Daily News.

“To be prescribing these medications so extensively and so, I think, thoughtlessly, with so little evidence supporting their use, it’s just malpractice,” added George Stewart, a child psychiatrist. “It really is drugging them.”

California Department of Social Services Director Will Lightbourne told the Los Angeles Daily News, “There’s a lot of work to be done here to make sure we do things right.”

Foster parents reportedly give children the psychiatric medications to make them more docile and obedient.

The Los Angeles Daily News interviewed several foster children, who are now adults, about their consumption of medications such as Lithium, Depakote, Zyprexa, Haldol and Prozac when they were kids.

“The system relies heavily on medication to do a job that parents are supposed to do,” stated one woman who was over-medicated as a foster child.

On the other end of the drug spectrum, TheVice.com reports that some of the leading medical researchers who oppose medical and recreational marijuana are paid by major drug companies that manufacture drug painkillers (which could be replaced by the medicinal use of marijuana).

However, when these respected academics appear in the media there is no mention that they are being paid by drug companies such as Purdue Pharma (producer of OxyContin), Reckitt Benckiser (maker of Nurofen), Alkermes (manufactures Zohydro), Envivo, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer.

These medical experts hail from Columbia University, Harvard and other respected schools.

They have been published by major medical associations and quoted by law enforcement, such as the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Nation previously reported that the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), which oppose legalizing any type of marijuana use, are financially supported by pain killer manufacturers and other drug companies.

All this lobbying is working. The BBC reported in 2012 that the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians testified before Congress that "Americans consume 80 percent of opiate painkillers produced in the world."

Sources: Los Angeles Daily News, TheVice.com, The Nation, BBC (Image Credit: Tobias Muller)