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Britain Points Way to Fighting Chemical Restraint

By Michael Connors, CANHR Advocate It is instructive to look at what other nations are doing to protect people who have dementia from chemical restraint. This is a hot issue in Britain, where advocacy efforts to stop the drugging of … Continue reading

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Inspector General Sounds Alarm Over Drugging of Nursing Home Residents

By Michael Connors, CANHR Advocate Daniel Levinson, the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, proved again this week that he will help lead the fight against the widespread chemical restraint of nursing home residents. On … Continue reading

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Nursing Home Association Defends Drugging of Residents

By Mike Connors, CANHR Advocate In a certain sign that nursing homes are beginning to worry about their indiscriminate drugging practices, a California nursing home association launched a new web page last week that denies residents are being inappropriately drugged. … Continue reading

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CDPH Still Missing in Action

By Mike Connors CANHR Advocate  The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or so it seems at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). As we reported in an earlier commentary, CDPH is doing very little to … Continue reading

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California Docs Lead Nation in Taking Drug Company Payments

By Michael Connors CANHR Advocate A recent ProPublica investigation found that seven large drug companies paid nearly $282 million to physicians in 2009 and 2010, with California doctors leading the nation by taking over $28.6 million from major drug manufacturers. … Continue reading

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Black Box Warnings Not Needed for Compassionate Care

By Mike Connors CANHR Advocate Two recent articles help dispel the myth that nursing homes need to use antipsyhchotic drugs to control the behaviors of residents with dementia. On December 4, 2010, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Ecumen, a … Continue reading

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“Outing” Nursing Home Drug Offenders

By Mike Connors, CANHR Advocate One of the reasons drugging of nursing home residents has flourished is the federal and state governments are hiding information on antipsychotic drug use by individual nursing homes. Nursing home regulators have the information, but … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Welcome to CANHR’s new web site dedicated to ending the misuse of psychoactive drugs in nursing homes! As you can see, the web site has many key features, including this blog. For example, readers can browse the latest news about … Continue reading

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CDPH, Wherefore Art Thou?

The California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) is the state agency that oversees nursing homes. Yet, despite widespread drugging of residents, CDPH has been conspicuously absent regarding the use of psychoactive drugs in nursing homes. There are many elements to … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Drug Problem

by Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney California nursing homes are awash in psychotropic drugs with nearly 60% of residents receiving at least one antipsychotic, anti-anxiety, mood stabilizer, or sedative medication. That incredibly high number is probably far greater when short-term … Continue reading

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