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 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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Stop Drugging Our Elders Movement Goes to Oxnard

by Robert Martien, CANHR Operations Manager CANHR’s Campaign to Stop Chemical Restraints in Nursing Homes will shift to Oxnard where on March 24, it is co-sponsoring a symposium to elucidate the drugging problem and submit proven solutions.  The “Toxic Medicine … Continue reading

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Kudos to DPH on “Preexisting” Drugs

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney In a very welcome development for informed consent rights, the Department of Public Health has issued an All-Facilities Letter (AFL 11-08) requiring nursing homes to verify informed consent has been obtained before giving residents … Continue reading

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Big Pharma Displaces Defense Industry as Biggest Government Defrauder

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney A study released last month has found that pharmaceutical companies now pay more in False Claims Act settlements and penalties than any other industry, displacing the defense industry as the nation’s most prolific defrauder.  … Continue reading

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A Shameful Distortion of SB 303

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney In 2009, CANHR sponsored SB 303, a bill that codified California’s informed consent regulations regarding the use of psychotropic medications in nursing homes.  Dr. Karl Steinberg, a familiar name to nursing home advocates, recently … Continue reading

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Chocolate Beats Xanax

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney Saturday’s New York Times featured a front page story about new care methods for elderly people with dementia. It turns out that treating people with dementia as adults capable of feelings, preferences, and tastes … 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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CANHR Tells Senate: No More Chemical Restraints!

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging hosted a unique forum on December 8 to review best practices in treating and caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease.  CANHR’s Executive Director, Pat McGinnis, testified about our Stop Drugging Our Elders Campaign. … Continue reading

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