3 Nursing Home Employees Arrested For Forcibly Administrating Psychotropic Drugs
February 19, 2009
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—Three employees of a Kern County nursing home are in police custody, accused of forcibly administrating psychotropic drugs to patients to make them easier for staff to control.
California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the arrests Wednesday of Gwen Hughes, Debbi Hayes and Dr. Hoshang Pormir. All three worked at the Kern Valley Healthcare District’s nursing facility in Lake Isabella.
Authorities say Hughes, the former director of nursing, ordered that dementia patients be given high doses of the mood-altering drugs not as part of their therapy, but to make them more tranquil.
In all, officials say 22 patients were affected.
They say three patients may have died from complications caused by the drugs and another may have been injured.
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