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Report: Mass. Nursing Homes Over-Using Perscription Drugs

BOSTON — A disturbing trend is unfolding at nursing homes across the country.

An investigative report conducted by The Boston Globe reveals many nursing homes use powerful anti-psychotic drugs to control agitation and combative behavior in their patients, but many don’t need them.

Rather than helping, these drugs sometimes cause seizures and other debilitating side effects.

Kay Lazar, one of the reporters on the study, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to talk about the findings.

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