KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Examines the Overuse of Antipsychotic Drugs as 'Chemical Restraints' on the Elderly in Nursing Homes
Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Examines the Overuse of Antipsychotic
Drugs as'Chemical Restraints' on the
in Nursing HomesBURBANK, CA - Sept. 25, 2014 -
CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series looks at the unauthorized
and illegal use of powerful antipsychotic drugs onsome elderly residents in nursing homes.
CONNECTED'sanchor Val Zavala tells the story of Aleah Davis, who says she
was given the antipsychotic Haldol without her consent to keep her docile. Davis,
recovering from a fall at Country Villa nursing home in Seal Beach, says she was
administered drugs causing confusion and hallucinations. Her story lends
insight into the larger problem in nursing homes of the misuse of
antipsychotics as a "chemical restraint" for the elderly. Though the FDA has
warned of an increased risk of death with the use of these drugs on dementia
patients, studies show that more than 16 percent of all residents in California
nursing homes receive antipsychotics. The story will air on Wednesday, October
This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:
Volunteer Cops - They look the same,
dress the same, get the same training and carry the same badge, but they're not
full-time cops. And they're not even paid. They are volunteers with the Los
Angeles Police Department's Reserve Corps. Reporter Brian Rooney walks the beat
one night in downtown L.A. to see just what these volunteer officers encounter.
So You Think You Can Herd - City life for a
border collie or a sheepdog can be downright stifling, especially when their
instincts are to herd sheep or cattle. Reporter Nick Hardcastle, however,
discovered a sheepherding heaven in the Antelope Valley in Acton that is perfect
for "Maggie". How will this pampered Hollywood pooch react when she sees sheep
in an arena for the first time?
Brown is the New
Green- The drought has made dried out lawns not only
necessary, but some would say politically correct. Now there's a way to save
water and have a green lawn at the same time. Reporter Conor Knighton goes
along with some lawn painters to see how this growing business works. This
segment is based on a story from
KCET.org's Home & Garden section.
Premiere Date: Wednesday, October 1 at 8 p.m.
Repeated: Friday, October 3 at 8 p.m.
and Sunday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m.
SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 16-time
Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick
Shore, Jennifer Sabih, Conor Knighton, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer
television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val
Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior
ABOUT SOCAL CONNECTED
SOCAL CONNECTED, winner of a Peabody®
and two duPont Awards, 23 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club
Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national Edward R. MurrowAwards, including Best News Documentary and
Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs
exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave
comments, please visit www.socalconnected.org. SOCAL CONNECTED is made possible
through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and
the MaddocksBrown Foundation.
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