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Lawsuit: A Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall Gave A 16 Year-Old Boy Female Hormones After He Was Diagnosed With “Oppositional Defiant Disorder”

NBC Los Angeles-


A teenage boy alleges he was given the female hormone estrogen after he was diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder while in custody at a Los Angeles County juvenile hall last summer, a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last month states.

The boy, then 16, was given the medication without his or his parents’ consent, but took it anyway because he feared if he didn’t, he would face more severe punishment, court documents allege.

He alleges the medication caused him to develop an enlarging of his breast tissue and he suffered from symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia and headaches, among other problems, the complaint states.

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