The opioid epidemic crosses all boundaries related to gender, race, color, education level and socio-economic status. It has even made it’s way into nursing homes. In recent years there have been documented cases of an elderly nursing home resident being opium based painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet, Norco and other prescription drugs. These are not always warranted and are sometimes used to quiet a patient down, subdue them and or control them. This is especially true in Maryland nursing home residents who have a high need for care, have dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, etc. As opioids are very addictive your loved one should not be on them for an extended period of time. If you suspect your loved one is being given excessive or unnecessary opioid administration and other pain meds unnecessarily please contact our Maryland nursing home injury attorneys.
Signs Of Opioid Abuse In Maryland Nursing Homes
Unnecessary opioid administration can be hard to detect. This is especially true in elderly people with cognitive impairment. Common signs of your loved one being overmedicated with opioids are slurred speech, change in pupils, itching, restlessness, asking for the medication to be re-administered, profuse sweating, agitation.
Opioid and other medications can be abused in nursing homes and the family may attribute their erratic behavior to old age, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes and depression. Reviewing your loved ones medical records is a very effective way to discern whether or not they are becoming addicted to opioids, Morphine, pain medications, depression medications and anti-anxiety medications.
In addition to opioid abuse some MD long term care facility residents are victims of pain medication theft. This happens when a caretaker, doctor, nurse, etc. does not give your loved one the pain meds they actually need. Medication theft is not only illegal but will cause your loved one extreme discomfort, pain and suffering. If you think your family members pain meds are being stolen and their records being falsified you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation. Let our Baltimore, Maryland nursing home abuse attorneys help.
What To Do If Your Loved One Is Being Overmedicated
If you feel your loved one is being manipulated due to pain medication administration, or their meds are being stolen, contact our Rockville, Maryland nursing home neglect attorneys for a free case review. We charge nothing if we do not win for you.