• 11Jun

    Importance of accessible information to address over medication

    NHS England have launched a resource for GP surgeries to address the over medication of people with learning disabilities.

    It is estimated that on an average day in England, between 30,000 and 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without appropriate clinical indications (psychosis or affective/anxiety disorder).

    A substantial proportion of people with a learning disability who are prescribed psychotropic drugs for behavioural purposes can safely have their drugs reduced or withdrawn.

    The document aims to begin the process of challenging the continued need of psychotropic drugs for people with a learning disability.

    It includes suggested steps for GP practices to address the issue, including ensuring accessible information and communication support is available.

    You can read access the resource on the NHS England website.