Re WDDTY, vol 11 no 8, a large number of handicapped people in community homes are prescribed mood altering psychotropic drugs on a permanent basis. I was unaware of the extent of this when I was encouraged to send my son to one of these homes a few years ago so that he could "progress and learn independence" on leaving school.
Unfortunately, what so often happens in these homes is, in fact, the opposite, largely due to the damaging effects of all the mood altering medications prescribed within the increasingly medicalised 'managed care industry'.
Until I removed my son from the community home and began looking after him myself, I could see no way of protecting him from the inevitable agenda of more drugs and increasing doses.
All the power rests with the authorities when someone is in care and, while lip service is paid to families, the 'system' regards them as ignorant, interfering and "unable to let go".
I would like to warn PC, Isle of Man, that handicapped people are so vulnerable to the negative effects of drugs such as Melleril that any deterioration in her daughter may already be permanent to some degree. The only way to find out
if this is the case is to gradually remove all medication in the way PC described to her doctor and hope that, in time, her daughter's former level of functioning and happiness will be restored.
I would be pleased to send PC, or anyone else, further information if they would care to contact me. Mrs PA Kehela, 47 Essex Park, Finchley, London N3 1ND