Drugging in Canada

A December 2011 report from the British Columbia Ministry of Health has found that over 50% (50.3% to be exact) of all residents of “residential care facilities” are on antipsychotic drugs. That number represents a fairly significant rise from 37% in 2001-2002. Many or most of these residents are elderly and have dementia. The overwhelming rise in antipsychotic use has come despite Provincial guidelines that limit the use of antipsychotics to cases where alternative therapies are ineffective and there is a risk of harm to the patient or others.


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Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.
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