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  1. Hannah
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    I’m a student taking an Aging 200 class at the Erikson School of Aging. I agree with this post, and I think that psychoactive drugs should only be prescribed when necessary for the health and wellbeing of the patient. In class we learned about the challenges surrounding care for a dementia patient, including the importance of a palliative approach aimed at limiting suffering. The old paradigm, where antipsychotics are heavily prescribed to dementia patients, sacrifices the wellbeing of the patient for convenience and habit. The side effects of antipsychotics can be downright torturous, so it’s essential that caregivers are educated about other options. This is an encouraging step in the right direction.

  2. Jan Scherrer
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    The overuse and misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes has come about as the result of greed. Greedy nursing home owners under-staff their homes and a drugged/sleeping resident doesn’t ask for much. Further, kickback schemes from long term care pharmacies to nursing homes and drugmakers to long term care pharmacies has brought nursing home antipsychotic use to nearly 25% of residents. The key players here won’t walk away from these profits without a whimper. We all need to stay-tuned to their next move.

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