Care Management Group (CMG) have recently published this best practice guide to support the STOMP campaign to stop over medicating people with learning disabilities, autism or both.
The campaign, supported by NHS England, is badly needed. Public Health England estimates that every day between 30,000-35,000 people with a learning disability is taking prescribed antipsychotic or antidepressant medication, or both, without appropriate clinical justification. This means that for some people medication is being used as a means of controlling “problem” behaviour, even when alternative evidence-based approaches are available. Long-term use of these medicines can lead to significant weight gain, organ failure and, in some cases, death.
This guide tells the stories of people where significant reductions in medication have been achieved. It identifies lessons learned from these experiences and shares the themes of good practice, including positive behavioural support, which has contributed to their success.
STOMP: Stopping Over-Medication of People with Learning Disabilities, Autism or both – Best Practice Guide; CMG