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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Nursing Home Group Calls for Reducing Antipsychotics

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney LeadingAge, an association of over 5,400 not-for-profit organizations including long-term care providers and aging services organizations, recently released a statement on antipsychotic drug use for dementia care.  The statement clearly expresses LeadingAge’s opposition to inappropriate … Continue reading

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Zyprexa, Haldol, lol

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Atorney CANHR recently learned of a nurse who posted the following statement via social media: Someone is acting crazy.  I think one of my [patients] needs sum cocktail. Zyprexa or haldol or both bwahaha.  Wait … Continue reading

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Anti-Depressants Linked to Nursing Home Falls

A new study released by the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology has found a significant relationship between anti-depressant use and injurious falls for nursing home residents with dementia.  The authors tracked 248 ambulatory residents with dementia for two years.  They … Continue reading

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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% … Continue reading

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Non-pharm to the MAKS

A study that comes from Germany has found that non-pharmacological therapies focused on exercise, rehabilitation, and psycho-social well-being can slow cognitive declines associated with dementia. The therapies were provided in four components or MAKS: Motor Stimulation (a.k.a. exercise), Activities of … Continue reading

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No Surprises: Chemical Restraints Sedate and Subdue the Elderly with Dementia

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney The recent release of an AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) report on the off-label use of atypical antipsychotics has raised some eyebrows among advocates for the least medicating approach to dementia care. … Continue reading

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Some Post-Senate Hearing Scribbles

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney 1. Inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs is finally receiving its due regard as a common and insidious form of elder abuse. The “Least Medicating” movement has made it to the U.S. Senate! 2. Senator … Continue reading

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Independent Pharmacists Needed to Review Residents’ Drugs

Looking to help protect nursing home residents from chemical restraints? There is a great, easy opportunity to do so this week, courtesy of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care. In response to proposed federal regulations that would … Continue reading

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10 Things to Check Before Drugging

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney State and federal law define a nursing home chemical restraint as any drug used to control behavior and not required or necessary to treat the resident’s medical symptoms. Thus, if the resident’s symptoms could … Continue reading

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A Billion Here, a Billion There

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney When it comes to illegal marketing of mind-bending psychotropic drugs, the beat goes on.  In the past few weeks, Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay at least $1.3 billion to the U.S. and multiple state … Continue reading

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