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Dementia drug use 'killing many'

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The majority of dementia patients are being given unnecessary anti-psychotic drugs linked to thousands of deaths, an official review says.

About 180,000 patients a year are given the drugs in care homes, hospitals and their own homes to manage aggression.

But the expert review - commissioned by ministers - said the treatment was unnecessary in nearly 150,000 cases and was linked to 1,800 deaths.

Jane Hughes reports.

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