It was last week when the Toronto Star revealed that many Ontario nursing home patients were being given anti-psychotic medications and/or sedatives.
This morning there's a new report, this one commissioned by the Ministry of Health which confirms that if you have a parent in a nursing home, odds are nearly 50-50 that they're being given an anti-psychotic drug. Roughly 30 percent are given sedatives such as lorazepam or diazepam and 15 percent are required to take both.
One of the co-authors of this study, Tara Gomes told the Star the findings warrant further investigation to find out why.
The other co-author, Doctor David Juurlink says anti-psychotic drugs and drugs such as lorazepam both have a sedative effect and sedation comes at a price...including people falling, bedsores, blood clots and potentially fatal reactions to those medications.
Doctor Juurlink thinks too many doctors are going overboard.
So if you have a ...