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.
STOMP is a health campaign to Stop The Over-Medication of People to manage their behaviour. The STOMP pledge aims to help social care providers to think about their role in supporting people to reduce the amount of inappropriate psychotropic medication they take and delivering the right support at the right time.
STOMP also offers a framework to support providers to identify practical steps to take to support people to reduce the amount of inappropriate psychotropic medication they take.
Providers signing up to the campaign, pledge to:
- improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability, autism or both
- make sure people only receive psychotropic medication for the right reasons and in the right amount
- improve understanding of psychotropic medicines and when they should or should not be given
- improve understanding of alternatives to medication
- make sure that people with a learning disability, autism or both are involved in decisions about their health and treatment.
Visit the STOMP website for lots of useful resources – from self-assessment tools and guidance to action planning templates; and commit to the campaign today!