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MPs' reports calls for end to anti-psychotic drug use

MPs' reports calls for end to anti-psychotic drug use
29th April 2008

MPs have called for an end to the use of anti-psychotic drugs on Alzheimer's patients.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia are attempting to persuade ministers that something must be done to stop some 105,000 individuals being treated with the drugs, which are used to control behaviour and aggression.

Research has shown that these medications can increase the risk of a stroke and accelerate mental decline.

A report by the group, entitled 'Always a Last Resort' lists five steps to help reduce the use of anti-psychotics.

Jeremy Wright, chairman of the group, said: "The government must end this needless abuse and make the five-point plan a key element of the National Dementia Strategy. Best practices are not enough - safeguards must be put in place to ensure anti-psychotics are always a last resort."

Previously, the Alzheimer's Society has spoken out about the use of anti-psychotic drugs, with chief executive Neil Hunt saying that their widespread use it "disgraceful".

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