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Ohio unveils nursing home anti-drug abuse effort

By: ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS COLUMBUS, Ohio - Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a plan to combat the theft of prescription drugs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The initiative is one of several state efforts aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription painkillers, which has led to record numbers of accidental overdose deaths. DeWine said a letter going out next week to all care facilities in the state reminds them of their obligations under law to report suspected illegal activity and lets them know of assistance available from the state to prosecute prescription drug theft. Ohio unveils nursing home anti-drug abuse effort...

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Psychiatric Drugs Used for Dementia Patients in Nursing Homes Cause Undue Risk

Says Briskman Briskman & Greenberg CHICAGO, IL, Dec 30, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Families with a loved one in a nursing home that has dementia should be vigilant about their care. Government inspectors from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently found that dementia residents are often being prescribed strong psychiatric drugs, but for off-label reasons. Medicines such as Seroquel and Zyprexa are being used to sedate these types of residents, and not necessarily for what they are supposed to do -- help treat patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. "These medicines can cause serious injuries and deaths...

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