Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Frankie Dicesare, 16, is in the national spotlight shedding light on problems foster children often have with medication for mental disorders. Frankie was on many meds before he was adopted.
"It made me feel like a zombie," Dicesare said.
Maggie Dreyer is in charge of GA Family services, a local group that helps foster and adopt children. She is also Frankie's new adoptive mom.
"He was medicated for ADHD. Then, he got medication for another disorder then finally it was TTSD. Once being placed with us he is no longer on medication or therapy," Dreyer said.
Frankie was featured, along with many other children, on ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer on Wednesday. Tonight, his story will be highlighted on 20/20. He and the others will talk about their lives before and after medication use.
"These are the meds I've been taking since I was four. One, two three all the way to thirteen," foster child Brooke said.
According to the report that was and will be featured on ABC, out of 100,000 foster kids 26,000 are on multiple medications.
"The medications made me feel like I had a thousand bricks on my head," foster child Andrew said.
So for all these children, including Frankie, Sawyer said they not only have to deal with being bounced around from home to home but they are also turned up side down because of the very drugs that are supposed to help them.
For more on this story watch 20/20 tonight at 10 p.m.