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Efforts to curb antipsychotic drug use rejected

The state of Massachusetts was very close to taking a big step in mending their nursing home drug problem, but the movement didn’t receive an important federal grant.

A recent Boston Globe report stated 28 percent of Massachusetts nursing homes use antipsychotic drugs inappropriately, a number that is well above the national average.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s proposal called for “nursing home staff [to be] trained on alternative methods of managing difficult behaviors by residents, particularly those with dementia, instead of relying on antipsychotic drugs to calm them.”

Unfortunately, the group found out Friday that they will not receive the federal funding for the project from Medicare/Medicaid, per a report from Boston.com.

The manager of business development for the group said other funding will be pursued.

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