from K Wyeth
FYI, study in Canada:
Nursing Homes Overprescribe Antipsychotics, Study Shows
Research has found that 32 percent (15,317) of the more than 47,000 people studied in nearly 500 nursing homes in Ontario, Canada, were prescribed an antipsychotic medication. In some of the institutions, nearly half the residents were taking the drugs. The data, collected in December 2003 and published in April 2007 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that more than 800 of the individuals on the drugs had not been diagnosed with either psychosis or dementia. The researchers also found that people in facilities with high rates of prescribing antipsychotic medications were approximately three times more likely to be receiving such drugs than were people living in institutions with low prescribing rates – with clinical indications seemingly irrelevant.