Use of anti-psychotic drugs by Ohio nursing homes questioned

November 28, 2018

Springfield News-Sun (November 28)

Use of anti-psychotic drugs by Ohio nursing homes questioned

At a typical Ohio nursing home, about 15 percent of long-term residents are on anti-psychotic drugs, which puts some patients at risk for dangerous side effects and even death, according to the Federal Drug Administration. Many nursing homes have relied too heavily on medications as the quickest and most direct way to address difficult behavior, said Erin Pettegrew, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for Ohio. For dementia patients, anti-psychotic drugs intended for serious mental illnesses can significantly affect quality of life and result in dangerous side effects.

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