For decades, the law has sought to restrain nursing homes from trying to control the behavior of dementia patients with antipsychotic drugs, which are known to have adverse health effects.
An alarming rise in schizophrenia diagnoses suggests some homes have found a way to skirt the rules.
We hear the story of David Blakeney, a dementia sufferer whose health declined rapidly after he was placed in a South Carolina nursing home.
Guest: Katie Thomas, a reporter covering the business of health care for The New York Times.
Background reading:A Times investigation into the widespread use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes.
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