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Former Director of Nursing Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Drugging Nursing Home Residents


Gwen D. Hughes, the former Director of Nursing of Kern Valley Healthcare District’s nursing home was sentenced to three years in prison for drugging residents into submission with antipsychotic and anti-seizure drugs. Hughes was the last of four defendants, including the facility’s former pharmacist, acting medical director, and administrator, charged with various crimes related to the systematic forced drugging of residents in 2006. Three of the residents died from being overmedicated.

Read CANHR's press release about the sentence.

Read the Attorney General's press release about the sentence.

Read the Bakersfield Californian's report.