NPR recently published a news story exploring the overmedication of nursing home and long term care residents. These medications are often prescribed to sedate patients suffering from dementia or alzheimer’s. The medications are sometimes given for the convenience of the staff and not due to medical necessity. In fact, most of the time the prescription of these medications, such as Risperdal or Haldol, is not medically necessary. This practice is worrisome as these medications carry with them an increased risk of wrongful death and falls, according to the article. Several area nursing homes, including Heartland of Marietta in Marietta, Ohio exceed the state and national averages for the prescription of anti-psychotic medications. According to the article, and information sourced from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 23.1% of Heartland of Marietta, Ohio residents are prescribed antipsychotic medications, compared with an Ohio average of 21.0% and a national average of just 19.0%. If you believe a loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers today through our website form or by calling (304) 470-8441.