Apologies for the rather emotive title but I’m really angry. Have a read of this latest report of the Learning Disability Census – http://www.learningdisabilitytoday.co.uk/two_thirds_of_people_with_learning_disabilities_in_institutions_regularly_given_antipsychotic_medication_report_finds.aspx
68% of people with learning disabilities in “hospital style institutions” (assessment and treatment units) are on anti psychotic medication. And of those 68%, over 90% of them are being coshed with them regularly. This is a scandal right? It must be? Let’s drug all our learning disabled people to the eyeballs, shut them up and take away their uniqueness.
I’m gonna quote Katrina Pearcey – this is the modern way. In Victorian times we locked people away all their lives. Now, the modern way is to douse them and send them to assessment and treatment units to be introduced to their drug habits.
Where is the safeguarding? Where are the people in power questioning the way they operate? Or perhaps they’re all in it together.
And just look at the fees these places charge – as much as nearly £4500K a week. I’m sure the coke dealer in my local would like a piece of that action.
It has to stop. Please it has to stop.
I was going to hold back from recounting the latest news with Steven’s meds reduction to the summer but reading this report has spurred me into action. We have been reducing his anti psychotic medication since the diagnosis about his liver problem in early February. Last week, the meds stopped completely. In just 10 weeks, Steven has lost 3 stone 4 pounds. Ever since a friend posted on Facebook last year about her son’s organs failing as he was carrying 10 stone of fluids around his vital organs, I have been terrified that the same thing was happening with Steven. The 3 stone he has lost in such a short time must have been fluid weight and there’s still a lot more to come. I’ve had years of psychiatrists, doctors, social workers, positive behaviour people refusing to acknowledge that the huge weight gain has anything to do with the medication and putting it all down to poor diet. And when I show them what Steven actually eats, I am then cast as lying and not taking food issues seriously.
The medication was killing him, as it probably is for some of those 68% of people mentioned in the report. But nobody is really interested because there are huge profits for the drug companies and the owners of the assessment and treatment units.
It’s the modern way of “making a killing” in more ways than one.