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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Depakote as Deadly as Antipsychotics

A new study has found that – no surprise at all – antipsychotics are associated with a much higher death rate for people with dementia.  After looking at death rates for people with dementia who were given an antipsychotic compared … Continue reading

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Informed Consent Rights Are Every Bit as Strong in Hospitals as in Nursing Homes

The issue of hospital-initiated antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia is one of the many reasons for the overuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes.  Antipsychotics are started in the hospital the drugs typically stay with the resident as she moves … Continue reading

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New Study: Benzos Are Really Bad News

In a recent study the NY Times calls “disturbing,” researchers reviewing years of medical records for 9,000 people found a very strong link between benzodiazapenes (anti-anxiety drugs) and Alzheimer’s Disease.  The NY Times article does a great job of analyzing … Continue reading

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The 70% Left Behind

On Friday, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its new goals for reducing antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes. Touting the 15% reduction in antipsychotic use in nursing homes since 2011, CMS wants antipsychotic use to decline by … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Assisted Living Facility Eliminates Off-Label Antipsychotics

Reinforcing the notion that commitment and effort is 90% of success, a New Hampshire assisted living facility has eliminated off-lable use of antipsychotics for residents with dementia. The success of Granite Ledges, in Concord, New Hampshire, was recently reported in … Continue reading

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Are Anti-Anxiety Drugs Anti-Elderly?

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney I recently re-checked the American Geriatric Society’s updated Beers Criteria and was struck by its strong admonishment against the use of benzodiazapenes, including popular anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Ativan, and Restoril, for older adults. … Continue reading

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Class Action Informed Consent Cases – What Do They Mean?

In the past month, there have been two media stories involving class action lawsuits brought by the Johnson Moore law firm against Ventura County nursing homes.  One case recently settled and the other was just recently filed.  Both cases allege … Continue reading

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U.S. Attny: Unnecessary Drugs = Inadequate, Substandard, and Worthless Services

In a thunderbolt from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, two Country Villa nursing homes in Watsonville have been sued for False Claims Act violations related to the overmedication of residents, many of whom had dementia and were chemically restrained. The lawsuit … Continue reading

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Great Dementia Care Newsletters from New York City Alz. Ass’n

CANHR recently learned about a series of free newsletters on dementia care available for free from the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The topics covered include interpreting resistance to care, addressing sundowning, and enhancing mealtimes. The newsletters … Continue reading

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State and Feds Issue Joint Statement to Stop Drug Misuse

In a rare joint statement of the California Department of Public Health (DPH) and the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), nursing homes have been warned once more that misuse of antipsychotic drugs is being targeted for eradication. … Continue reading

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