Federal law forbids “chemical restraint” of patients. NPR’s reports show the negative effects such drugs can have on a patient who doesn’t require them. A federal initiative has reduced the use of such drugs in the past two years, according to NPR, but the national average of long-stay patients in nursing homes receiving antipsychotic medications still stands at 19%.
Caregivers and family members should be aware of this issue and monitor their loved ones’ care to make sure that antipsychotic medications are not prescribed unnecessarily.
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