There is a distinct possibility the #BanBPSD campaign may already have been misconstrued as the banning of antipsychotics completely.
It was never meant to be that; we all acknowledge many people need, and do benefit from antipsychotics, or other forms of medication, when prescribed appropriately.
It is the over dispensing of them, as a form of ‘managing’ people, and as a form of chemical restraint that are two of the issues.
The negative dehumanising labeling of people, largely due to this paradigm is also a major issue; another valid reason to BanBPSD.
We need to separate BPSD from the use of antipsychotics; it is not the same issue, even though it may be related.
This video, Human Rights Watch: Over-sedation in Nursing Homes” may explain more why we started this campaign. The actual report ‘They Want Docile’ published about nursing homes in the USA is incredibly disturbing, and clearly highlights the human rights issues too may still experience in residential care. We know it is not always a negative experience, but even ONE is one too many…
“The 110-page report, “‘They Want Docile’: How Nursing Homes in the United States Overmedicate People with Dementia,” estimates that every week in US nursing facilities, more than 179,000 people, mostly older and living with dementia, are given antipsychotic drugs without a diagnosis for which their use is approved. Often, nursing facilities use these drugs without obtaining or even seeking informed consent. Using antipsychotic medications as a “chemical restraint”—for the convenience of staff or to discipline residents— violates federal regulations and may amount to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment under international human rights law.”