NHS to stop 'over-medicating' people with learning disabilities


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NHS to stop 'over-medicating' people with learning disabilities


Date: 15/07/2015

NHS England says it is taking urgent measures to tackle the over-medication of people with learning disabilities.

A report by Public Health England estimates that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without appropriate clinical justification.

A letter is being sent to patients and professionals as a call to action.

Anyone concerned about a prescription is urged to consult their doctor.

People should not stop their medication unless they have been advised to do so by their clinician, experts advise.

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Source: BBC

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