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Massachusetts nursing home drug use puts many at risk

Boston Globe, March 8, 2010

Nearly 2,500 nursing home residents in Massachusetts were given powerful antipsychotic drugs last year that were not intended or recommended for their medical condition, a practice that is more common in  Massachusetts than in most other states, according to a Boston Globe analysis of federal data. Data collected by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show that 28% of Massachusetts nursing home residents were given antipsychotics in 2009. Of that group, 22% did not have a medical condition that calls for such treatment.