OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a bill cracking down on antipsychotic drugs being administered to nursing home residents.
Senate Bill 142, authored by Sen. Stephanie Bice, prohibits the use of antipsychotic drugs unless a patient was previously diagnosed with a psychotic disorder, with some exceptions.
The measure was supported by AARP Oklahoma.
If the nursing home resident is given the antipsychotic in an emergency situation, a physician would need to do a follow-up exam to ensure the proper diagnosis, according to the measure.
The bill requires written, voluntary informed consent from the resident or a representative of the resident before the administration of the drug.
It becomes effective Nov. 1.
“AARP Oklahoma applauds Gov. Stitt and the legislature for taking action to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotics and chemical restraints on nursing home residents,” said Sean Voskuhl, AARP Oklahoma state director. “With the passage of Senate Bill 142, Oklahoma’s most frail and vulnerable will now be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
Oklahoma ranks first in the nation in giving antipsychotic medication to nursing home residents, according to AARP Oklahoma.
“I am thankful for the governor’s signature on this important legislation,” Bice said. “I am proud to be protecting Oklahoma seniors from being unnecessarily medicated in nursing homes across Oklahoma.”