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Antipsychotics and Long Term Care 1

Drugging for Chemical Restraint Common

Right now, every day almost one out of every 4 residents in long term care are given anti psychotic drugs.  These drugs reduce life expectancy. These psychiatric drugs have a black box warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration that these drugs are dangerous to patients with dementia.  Patients with dementia are much more likely to be drugged.

Antipsychotic drugs cause misery as well as death. They have powerful mind-altering properties that can cause agitation, anxiety, confusion, disorientation and many other side effects. Too often, these drugs dull resident’s memories, sap their personalities and crush their spirits.

Antipsychotic drugs are used in nursing homes use to sedate and control residents and as a substitute for needed care and adequate staffing. Drug companies heavily promote misuse of these drugs through illegal marketing campaigns directed at doctors and nursing homes. Absentee doctors often rubber stamp drug orders requested by nursing home staff. Resident or family consent is rarely sought and almost never truly informed. State licensing officials are part of the problem due to poor enforcement of laws against drugging.

 

Antipsychotics and Long Term Care 2

Increasing use of Anti-Psychotics.

There is an alarming increase in the use of psychiatric drugs over the past decade, with one in five adults in the USA now taking at least one psychiatric drug such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications.  In a 2011 Wall Street Journal article, reporter Shirley Wang reports there has been increased in the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs across all ages.  Overall use of psychiatric medications among adults grew 22% from 2001 to 2010.  Medco Health Solutions Inc., a pharmacy-benefit manager's reported psychiatric medications are among the most widely prescribed and biggest-selling class of drugs in the U.S.  IMS Health reports in 2010, Americans spent $16.1 billion on antipsychotics to treat depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, $11.6 billion on antidepressants and $7.2 billion on treatment for ADHD.

Antipsychotics and Long Term Care 3

Antipsychotics and Long Term Care 4

Avoiding Restraints for Elderly

Chemical Restraint

Stop the Drugging

http://www.canhr.org/stop-drugging/

The goal of the campaign is to stop nursing homes and doctors from misusing dangerous antipsychotic drugs and other types of psychoactive drugs to chemically restrain residents and to replace drugging with individualized care. Through education, advocacy and political action, we seek to bring Californians together to end this harmful practice.

Minimize Chemical Restraints

Psychiatry Coercion as Cure

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