by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney
The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has announced a national project to stop the overuse of psychotropic medications on foster children. CANHR recently met with the NCYL project leaders and we shared information about our respective efforts to stop overdrugging. We noted significant overlap among our constituencies and the factors contributing to the use of drugs as a poor substitute for good quality care.
The NCYL representatives noted that psychotropic drugs tend to be abused most when they can be imposed on a population with few resources to defend their rights and when the government pays for them. It’s no surprise then that nursing homes are ground zero for the misuse of psychotropic drugs.