Chemical restraint - what disability support workers need to know

The majority of people who show behaviours of concern will be administered some form of chemical restraint which is the most commonly used form of restraint. According to the Disability Act (2006) any medication that is prescribed in Victoria for behavioural control is a form of chemical restraint.

There are positives and negatives about the use of chemical restraint. On the positive side, chemical restraint may be effective in calming a person who is highly agitated. On the negative side, chemical restraint may result in adverse side effects (e.g. dry mouth, restless legs, headache, constipation, weight gain, sexual dysfunction & low blood pressure).

This document provides information about chemical restraint and further recommended readings.

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