What Have the Drugs Done to Dad? - Your comments
As the government orders a crackdown on the use of anti-psychotic drugs among those suffering with dementia, Vivian White reports on the crisis of care.
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow told Panorama that GPs must "take responsibility" and drastically reduce the amount of drugs being prescribed.
He went so far as to issue a deadline of November 2011 and a target of a two-thirds reduction in the amount of the drugs prescribed.
Evidence suggests the drugs - used to control aggressive behaviour - have dangerous side effects.
A leading GP said most doctors agree that their use needs to be curtailed.
Mr Burstow said the evidence for cutting their use is compelling: "It kills people. It cuts their lives short. It reduces the quality of their lives. It is now time for those responsible for prescribing to take responsibility and cut the prescribing, and make sure we improve the quality of life for people with dementia."
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