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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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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False Medical Records? Just Follow the “I.C.O.”

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney Last weekend’s Sacramento Bee articles about falsified nursing home records would certainly come as no shock to anyone familiar with the misuse of psychotropic drugs on residents. California nursing homes are charged with verifying … Continue reading

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Depressing News About Anti-Depressants

A Review of The Emperor’s New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth by Irving Kirsch Are anti-depressants really just expensive placebo pills?  In a searing review of clinical studies involving anti-depressants, psychologist Irving Kirsch raises significant doubts about the efficacy of … Continue reading

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Senators Grassley and Kohl to CMS: Cut Drugs, Save Lives, Save Money

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney Senators Grassley and Kohl, the co-chairs of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging recently wrote a letter to Center for Medicare Services’ Administrator Donald Berwick expressing new concerns about the role of nursing … Continue reading

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A Win-win for Care and for Costs

by Deborah Espinola, CANHR Advocate The Senate Special Committee on Aging recently issued a report recommending a reduction of the “needless prescription of dangerous drugs for nursing home residents” to cut national health care costs. (CANHR recommends eliminating needless dangerous drugs … Continue reading

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Untreated Pain a Likely Source of Dementia-Associated Agitation

By Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney Americans who decry the misuse of psychotropic drugs in long-term care facilities should be encouraged by the strides being made in England to promote non-pharmacological alternatives for “treating” dementia.  The British Medical Journal recently … Continue reading

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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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Nursing Home Doc Association Says Drugs Should Be Last Resort

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney I recently reviewed the American Medical Directors’ Association’s (AMDA) Clinical Practice Guide to dementia care in nursing homes. The Practice Guide presents a thoughtful, 18-step process for diagnosing and treating dementia in the long-term … 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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