Nursing home residents receive inappropriate drugs

In many nursing homes, a significant percentage of residents inappropriately receive powerful sedatives intended for treating psychotic patients. Dina Rudick interviews Globe Health reporter Kay Lazar on the story.

Mass. fails to rein in sedating of seniors

Regulators rarely take action against nursing homes that, contrary to federal guidelines, use anti-psychotic sedatives to control unruly residents.

Part 1

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Federal data obtained by the Globe show many nursing homes make heavy use of antipsychotic drugs to pacify residents.

Part 2

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A growing number of nursing homes are treating the agitation and disruptive behavior that often accompany dementia without resorting to antipsychotics.

How the nursing home data were analyzed

The Boston Globe examined data on more than 15,600 nursing homes across the nation for its investigation of antipsychotic overuse.