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The health minister pressed about seniors being drugged
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The health minister says doctors have to prescribe medications appropriately and only when necessary.

Deb Matthews made the statement in Question Period, after being pressed on a Toronto Star report about seniors being drugged with anti-psychotic medication.

Matthews says it troubles her but underlines the province is pumping money into other alternatives. She says long-term care residents should receive care that doesn't include drugs whenever possible.

However, she says looking at statistics on the matter doesn't show the whole story, pointing out knowing specific scenarios would help understand the situations.

These medications can be dangerous to elderly patients with dementia and can potentially kill them.

The report reveals 56 per cent of its residents at the Elm Grove nursing home in Parkdale are given anti-psychotics. A long-term care facility by Ottawa gives 73 per cent of its residents the medications.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath calls the scenario shocking and horrific. She hopes the government will take action on this soon.

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The health minister says doctors have to prescribe medications appropriately and only when necessary.

Deb Matthews made the statement in Question Period, after being pressed on a Toronto Star report about seniors being drugged with anti-psychotic medication.

Matthews says it troubles her but underlines the province is pumping money into other alternatives. She says long-term care residents should receive care that doesn't include drugs whenever possible.

However, she says looking at statistics on the matter doesn't show the whole story, pointing out knowing specific scenarios would help understand the situations.

These medications can be dangerous to elderly patients with dementia and can potentially kill them.

The report reveals 56 per cent of its residents at the Elm Grove nursing home in Parkdale are given anti-psychotics. A long-term care facility by Ottawa gives 73 per cent of its residents the medications.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath calls the scenario shocking and horrific. She hopes the government will take action on this soon.

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