Analysis of GP data over a decade has revealed that over one quarter of 33,000 adults with learning disabilities (and / or some forms of dementia) may have been prescribed antipsychotics unnecessarily, usually as a result of challenging behaviour.
People with learning difficulties ‘silenced with drugs’. London: BBC Health News, September 2nd 2015.
This relates to:
Sheehan, R. Hassiotis, A. [and] Walters, K. [et al] (2015). Mental illness, challenging behaviour, and psychotropic drug prescribing in people with intellectual disability: UK population based cohort study. BMJ. September 1st 2015; 351: h4326.
The following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines appraisal of this research may be of interest.
‘Antipsychotics used on people with no mental illness diagnosis’. London: NHS Choices Behind the Headlines, September 2nd 2015.