Somerset News – UK
March 8, 2013
The latest news covers the use of anti-psychotic drugs prescribed to elderly patients in care homes.
It has been reported that elderly people in care homes, as opposed to those in the community, are 20 times more likely to be on anti-psychotic drugs.
Often taken into care, the reality of life in many nursing homes today is often far from the stylised image of communicative, interactive and interested elderly residents living in an idyllic environment.
This abuse is the result of the psychiatric profession maneuvering itself into an authoritative position over aged care. From there, it has perpetuated the tragic but lucrative hoax that aging is a mental “disorder”, a for-profit “disease” for which they have no cure, and which requires extensive and expensive psychiatric drugs.
The end result is that, rather than being cherished and respected, too often our senior citizens suffer the extreme indignity of having their power of mind nullified by psychiatric drugs or their lives simply brought to a tragic and premature end.
It’s time for change. Common sense and decency should dictate that the last thing a fragile, anxious or vulnerable elderly person needs is the additional physical and mental stress associated with psychiatric drugs.
National spokesman, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (UK)