The problem of misuse of psychotropic drugs in nursing homes is hitting a bit harder in the media this week. Here’s a two-part series from the Chicago Tribune. Part 1: and Part 2:Psychotropic drugs for people with dementia are the “Emperor’s New Clothes” of geriatric medicine. With increasing consumer and media pressure, maybe people will start taking things seriously.Of course, this isn’t merely a problem of cruel, uncaring people. There are many systemic problems that lead to the overmedication of people with dementia in long-term care. The problem extends beyond nursing home walls as well. In a survey of people admitted to St. John’s Home over a year’s time, I compared each person’s admission “mini-mental status test” with the medications they were taking at home before the event that led to their hospitalization and/or nursing home placement. In those with more severe dementia (a score of 10/30 or less), 50% were taking antipsychotic drugs at home.In future weeks, I’ll post more excerpts from my upcoming book on the real solution to this growing problem.