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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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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The Chemical Beat Goes On

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney California’s rate of psychoactive drug use for nursing home residents rose in 2009 and is now nearly 58%.  It appears that we could all learn a few things from Hawaii, the state with the … Continue reading

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From a Nursing Home Administrator

by Special Guest Blogger – an Administrator I have been a licensed and practicing administrator in California for many years.  I have worked in several nursing homes.  It has been my experience that it is perhaps too easy to administer … Continue reading

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Informed Consent for the “Incapacitated”

By Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney One of the more important reasons why overdrugging is so pervasive in nursing homes is that residents are often never asked if they agree to take psychotropic drugs that have been prescribed by a … Continue reading

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For Big Pharma, Off-label Is On-target

by Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney  Sunday’s New York Times featured an article highlighting the inaccurate and unsavory marketing efforts by large pharmaceutical companies to increase sales of antipsychotic medications.  The article, titled “Side Effects May Include Lawsuits,” recounts how … Continue reading

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Empty Batteries

by Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney According to Section 1424(e) of the California Health and Safety Code, a class B citation may be issued by the state’s Department of Public Health (“DPH”) whenever a nursing home violates a rule or … 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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Frightening Parallels to Nursing Homes in NY Times Kiddie Drugging Story

by Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney September 2, 2010’s New York Times featured a grim story about the rising use of antipsychotic drugs on children.  I could not help but observe how the insidious use of antipsychotics such as Risperdal … 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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