A leading charity has said that antipsychotic drugs should be given to the elderly only as a last resort.
Neil Hunt, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, suggested that the over-prescription of such drugs is a "serious breach of human rights".
Furthermore, he stated that care home staff should be given specialist training to provide effective care for people with dementia.
Mr Hunt commented: "Alzheimer's Society research shows that specialist training could reduce antipsychotic use by 50 per cent and save the UK £35 million a year if it was mandatory."
He added that the forthcoming National Dementia Strategy provides a great opportunity to bring an end to the over-prescription of antipsychotic medicines.
A study just published in the British Medical Journal has found that dementia patients who take antipsychotic drugs are at a significantly increased risk of having a stroke.
Furthermore, the researchers suggested that their findings were consistent with data gained from earlier placebo-controlled studies.
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