Chemical Straitjackets

A new report corroborates what experts and advocates have known for years: chemical restraints are far too common in nursing homes. The report also looked at potential overuse of certain medications like antipsychotic drugs. Many residents do not need antipsychotic drugs for treatment or medical reasons. The staff administers the medications to make residents more compliant.

U.S. News data found that at 22% of evaluated nursing homes, at least 1 in 4 residents received antipsychotic drugs. That number proves excessive use of the medications. This has been a problem for decades.