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Mass. fails to rein in sedating of seniors

Nursing homes that overuse antipsychotics unpunished

State regulators rarely take action against Massachusetts nursing homes that, contrary to federal guidelines, use powerful anti-psychotic sedatives to control unruly elderly residents, a Boston Globe investigation has found.

Just 27 homes were cited for unnecessary use of antipsychotics from 2009-11, and inspectors in each of those cases did not deem the incidents as serious. The homes were not fined.

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