Governor Abbott and Texas State Legislators:
As your constituent, I expect you to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Powerful antipsychotic drugs with harmful side effects are being used unnecessarily to sedate thousands of nursing home residents each year.
Texas nursing home records show one in six residents are inappropriately prescribed antipsychotics despite the medications’ serious side effects. Chemical restraint of our seniors must be stopped.
When families make the difficult decision to place someone they love in a nursing home, they do so with the expectation that their loved one will be safe. Too often, the off label use of powerful drugs on residents is having harmful—even lethal—consequences.