Another Arrest In Nursing Home Which Purposefully Drugged Dementia Patients To Keep Them Calm

Another person has been charged in a case of nursing home residents who were allegedly drugged against their will.

An administrator was charged on eight felony counts of elder abuse for allowing staff to forcibly administer psychotropic medications to patients for their own convenience, rather than for their patients' therapeutic needs, according to a news release from the Attorney General's office.

The druggings allegedly led to the deaths of three nursing home residents.

Three other people were charged in February for their alleged roles in the case. All of the defendants worked for the same skilled nursing facility.

The former director of nursing, the former pharmacist and the staff physician were arrested in February after a two-year investigation.

Medical complications, including lethargy and the inability to eat or drink properly, resulted from the forced medications, and three of the facility's residents may have died as a result, according to prosecutors.

Twenty-two patients were given high doses, and one surviving patient was greatly harmed, the investigation determined.

Staff was allegedly ordered to give high doses of psychotropic medications to Alzheimer's and other dementia patients to make them more tranquil and easier to control. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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