Report Cites Big Nursing Home Worry

A new report suggests anti psychotic drugs are being over prescribed to patients at nursing homes in Texas.

“Texas ranks 48th–really can’t get any closer to the bottom” said Amanda Fredriksen with AARP Texas, adding “We’ve got one in five residents in Texas nursing homes who are being given an anti psychotic–and they have no diagnosis that warrants that medication.”

Fredriksen and others are now putting pressure on the State–the Legislature in particular–to make some changes.

“We are pushing the State to use all of their regulatory authority to move these nursing homes to take this issue very seriously. We think more needs to be done to hold nursing home operators accountable” Frtedriksen said.

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