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Report: Mass. Nursing Homes Over-Using Perscription Drugs04:20

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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.

This program aired on April 30, 2012.

Deborah Becker Twitter Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.


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