UNC investigates overuse of medication in assisted living

by Avery Hall

Assisted living facilities offer a balance of assistance and independence for many senior citizens, but in some cases, that assistance crosses the line.

The UNC School of Social Work found that 70 percent of assisted living facilities prescribe antipsychotic medications, many of which may not be necessary. The school has received a $3.4 million federal grant to examine these prescribing practices in facilities across the United States. UNC Social Work Professor Sheryl Zimmerman joined us to discuss the research.

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