Apr 15, 2014
By Andy Johnson
The Liberal MPP for Etobicoke Centre, says as far as she can gather, if you are a senior, over 85 and in a long term care home, you are on an anti-psychotic drug. Donna Cansfield says her information comes from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Drug Benefit Programme. Canfield says the Minister of Health is aware and has been asked to do an analysis of these drugs and try to find out what alternatives may exist. Cansfield was interviewed on “Goldhawk Fights Back” on the new AM 740 today in response to a Toronto Star report that found many Ontario nursing homes are drugging seniors with powerful anti-psychotic drugs, despite warnings that the medications can kill elderly patients suffering from dementia. The investigation found that some long-term care homes, struggling with staffing shortages, routinely dole out these risky drugs to calm and “restrain” wandering, agitated and sometimes aggressive patients.