Nakia Venant reportedly livestreamed her death on social media Sunday, January 22, 2017. (Courtesy Facebook)
MIAMI, Fla. (AP)
A month before a South Florida foster child live-streamed her suicide on Facebook Live, the dosage of an antidepressant given to her was doubled by a doctor.
The Miami Herald reported Sunday that Zoloft, the antidepressant prescribed to 14-year-old Naika Venant has a critical warning that it increased the risk of suicide in children. The drug had a “black box” warning that is U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s strongest advisory. A spokesman for Zoloft’s parent company, Pfizer, says the black box warning includes a note to families and caregivers about monitoring patients for suicidal thoughts or unusual changes in behavior.
Florida Department of Children & Families Secretary Mike Carroll told the Herald that the agency doesn’t prescribe medications for children in its custody, only doctors do.
This is how the Knowles-Carter family rolls! On Friday, Jay-Z took his favorite ladies out to lunch the group including pregnant wife Beyonc , their 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and his mother, Gloria Carter. Accompanied by security guards, they dined at the Gjelina restaurant in Venice, California, one of their favorite eateries, E! News has learned exclusively. And they certainly made an entrance: Bey, who wore a boho-style hat and dress, was spotted in one of the entourage’s three Escalades, while Jay drove a Tesla and his mother rode with him.
The group dined in the back of the restaurant, where they usually sit, for at least an hour. After they finished eating, a security guard drove one of the Escalades to the curb, right by the eatery’s exit, and Beyonc slid right inside. The whole group then headed to Def Jam Records’ offices a few miles away, where Jay Z and his mother went to pick up a woman before everyone drove away. Beyonc announced on Feb. 1 via an Instagram photo that she is pregnant with twins. She has not revealed the babies’ sexes but fans have speculated that she has dropped hints.
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The House of Delegates on Saturday approved a bill aimed at jump-starting the process of trying to protect West Virginians from future flooding and reduce damage to lives and property from floods that do occur. House members voted 96-0 in favor of the bill, with delegates standing during the vote in honor of victims of the June 2016 floods, which killed 23 people. The legislation now goes to the Senate.
House Bill 2935 creates a State Flood Protection Planning Council, a multi-agency panel that would resume examination of a long-ignored plan aimed at protecting communities across the state from flooding. It would also create a permanent legislative committee that would oversee flood protection, response and recovery efforts.
I am grateful today for the House of Delegates unanimous support for this legislation, said House Speaker Tim Armstead, the bill s lead sponsor. I believe this bill, and the committee and council it creates, will be a crucial step forward in improving our planning and mitigation of future disasters.
The bill appears to be the first significant move by lawmakers this session to revisit a long-dormant Flood Protection Plan which was published more than a dozen years ago, but never fully implemented. Armstead, whose own home was flooded last year, called for the state to reassess the flood protection plan following a Gazette-Mail story that described how a team from various agencies worked for years to write the flood protection plan. The council created by the legislation would be made up of the director of the Division of Natural Resources, the secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, the executive director of the State Conservation Agency, the secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, the secretary of Transportation, the adjutant general of the National Guard and the director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The council would be required to review and update the Flood Protection Plan, recommend legislation to reduce or mitigate flood damage and report to the Legislature on such issues. Absent and not voting on the bill in the House were Delegates Ellington, G. Foster, Hicks and Upson. Reach Ken Ward Jr. at [email protected], 304-348-1702 or follow @kenwardjr on Twitter.