Nursing home residents drugged due to understaffing

“The government and the industry are obscuring the true rate of antipsychotic drug use on vulnerable residents.”

“Antipsychotic drugs — which for decades have faced criticism as “chemical straitjackets” — are dangerous for older people with dementia, nearly doubling their chance of death from heart problems, infections, falls and other ailments. But understaffed nursing homes have often used the sedatives so they do not have to hire more staff to handle residents.”

“The pandemic has battered the industry. Nursing home employment is down more than 200,000 since early last year. As staffing dropped, the use of antipsychotics rose.”

Source: Yahoo News