Despite dangerous side effects, condemnation by care providers, and a decade-long national and state campaign to reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in nursing homes, the U.S. Office of Inspector General recently found that 80% of long-stay nursing home residents are now receiving psychotropic drugs. The rate of psychotropic drug use in nursing homes alarmingly increased during the pandemic, as more facilities turned to sedating drugs to control and manage residents.

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