CANHR is resolved to end the misuse of psychoactive drugs in nursing homes. This blog is our primary forum for discussing how to change the pro-drugging culture of most nursing homes, physicians and nursing staff. Please help us by sharing your experiences, newsworthy developments and suggestions here.

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New Study Finds Rampant Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Assisted Living

A study released earlier this year found alarming rates of psychotropic drug use in assisted living facilities, for residents with and without dementia.  Thirty-seven percent of the studied assisted living residents were drugged with antipsychotics, 40% with anti-anxiety drugs, and … Continue reading

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Itchy Rash? Here’s an Antipsychotic!

Intercommunity Healthcare, a nursing home in Norwalk, CA was cited recently for giving a 94 year old man Seroquel, a powerful antipsychotic associated with serious side effects and death in the elderly, for scratching and itching “behavior” related to a … Continue reading

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New Comfort Care Guide Released

CaringKind has released a new guide to non-drugging dementia treatment for long-term care providers.  The guide has excellent advice for how to set up a progressive and successful comfort focused model of care in long-term care settings, such as nursing … Continue reading

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Center for Medicare Advocacy Calls Overuse of Antipsychotics “Elder Abuse”

The Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) has issued an excellent alert decrying and analyzing the continued overuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes.  As of 2016, over 270,000 nursing home residents are still being drugged with antipsychotics, despite over ten years … Continue reading

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Canada Ready to Save Tons of Money by Reducing Antipsychotic Use

A recent study performed by RiskAnalytica and funded by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement has found that reducing and discontinuing the use of antipsychotic drugs in long term care facilities could save Canada $6.7 billion in reduced healthcare costs … Continue reading

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CANHR’s Comments on Proposed Hospital Antipsychotic Quality Measure

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) applauds the proposal to create a quality measure based on antipsychotic use in older adults in hospitals. For several years, CANHR has been part of the national CMS campaign to eliminate inappropriate antipsychotic … Continue reading

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What to Like and What to Loathe in the New APA Antipsychotics & Dementia Guidelines

The American Psychiatric Association recently released its new “Practice Guideline on the Use of Antipsychotics to Treat Agitation or Psychosis in Patients with Dementia.” In 2013, the APA surprisingly took a modest anti-drugging stance regarding the use of antipsychotics to … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Avoid Psychotropics: Increased Disruptions in Care

A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that antipsychotic and benzodiazepine (antianxiety) prescriptions are associated with a higher number of “transitions” (a physical move from one care environment to another) for people with dementia. … Continue reading

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New Study: Antipsychotics Substantially Increase Risk of Death for People with Parkinson’s

A new study to be published in JAMA Neurology finds that people with Parkinson’s disease who are given antipsychotic drugs are a whopping 2.35 times more likely to die within six months than those who are not.  The study compared … Continue reading

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Support SB 938 (Jackson)

SB 938 (Jackson) is a CANHR-sponsored bill to amend Probate Code Section 2356.5. Section 2356.5 permits conservators to seek special powers to authorize the involuntary administration of psychotropic drugs to conservatives with dementia. SB 938 requires greater detail from a conservatee’s … Continue reading

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