Three Nursing Home Employees Arrested for Sedating Residents with Mood-Altering Drugs

Police arrested three employees of a nursing home, including a doctor and former director of nursing. They are accused of forcibly administrating psychotropic drugs to patients to make them easier for staff to control.

The former director of nursing allegedly ordered that dementia patients be given high doses of the mood-altering drugs not as part of their therapy, but to make them more tranquil.

In all, officials say 22 patients were affected. Three patients may have died from complications caused by the drugs. To find out more about the investigation, read the article.

Narcotics and other drugs are too often used to sedate patients at nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Based on the theory that a drugged patient requires less care than one who has not been sedated, nursing homes and assisted living facilities far too often "restrain" patients chemically. Suspicious deaths should be just as thoroughly investigated as those for which the cause of death is certain.  If you, as the family or friend of a nursing home or assisted living patient, think the information you are being provided about a suspicious injury or death doesn't pass the "smell test," stop, ask questions, get copies of documents, and contact a lawyer to investigate.  If you don't, you'll always ask yourself why you didn't! 

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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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