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Health & wellness

Sedative use drops at nursing homes

A pilot program to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in 11 Massachusetts nursing homes lowered rates by 21 percent in the first year, according to data provided to the Globe by the state’s nursing home trade association.

The initiative, organizers said, was prompted by a 2010 Globe analysis that found use of the powerful sedatives in Massachusetts nursing homes was the 12th highest in the country, with thousands of frail elders, many suffering from dementia, receiving the medications unnecessarily.

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