Are people with learning disabilities being drugged to make them behave?

Following reports in England that the NHS is to stop ‘over-medicating’ people with learning disabilities, questions are being raised if the same thing is happening in Scotland.

NHS England has pledged to take urgent action after reports highlighted that as many as 1 in 6 people are being ‘over-medicated’ by healthcare professionals, and that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without appropriate clinical justification. That would imply that possibly about 3,000 people with learning disabilities might be affected if a similar system was in place here.

But so far we cannot find out because proper records of the same sort that exist in England do not yet exist in Scotland.

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