Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mentally Handicapped Often Given Unnecessary Medication

An article by two psychiatrists and two pharmacologists in a scholarly Dutch medical journal reports that about 40% of mentally handicapped people living in institutions receive anti-psychotic medication. In homes which replace a family environment this is for 15% of the people. All in all this occurs with well over 20,000 facilities. Very often, however, there is no good psychiatric reason for this.

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