STOMP is about helping people to stay well and have a good quality of life.
Our learning Disability are proud to announce their pledge their support to the health campaign STOMP, stop over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both with psychotropic medicines.
This is a national project involving many different organisations which are helping to stop the over use of these medicines.
It is estimated that on an average day in England between 30,000 and 35,000 people with a learning disability, autism or both are taking prescribed psychotropic medication without appropriate clinical justification. This is medication which results in alterations to perception, mood or consciousness. Long-term use of these medicines puts people at unnecessary risk of a wide range of side effects including weight gain, organ failure and even premature death.
The aims of STOMP are to:
- encourage people to have regular check-ups about their medicines
- make sure doctors and other health professionals involve people, families and support staff in decisions about medicines
- inform everyone about non-drug therapies and practical ways of supporting people so they are less likely to need as much medicine, if any.
Leaflets, video’s and posters supporting this campaign can be found on the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group website.