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Prescription Drugs

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 76728, tabled on 17 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many prescriptions were issued for each drug categorised under the drug groups (a) benzodiazepines including clonazepam, (b) z-drugs, (c) antidepressants and (d) opioids in the (i) last 12 months for which figures are available and (ii) most recent comparative 12 month period prior to the last 12 month period for which those figures are available.

Answered on

23 November 2021

The following table shows the number of items prescribed in England for benzodiazepines including clonazepam, z-drugs, antidepressants and opioids in the latest two full years of available data.

Benzodiazepines including clonazepam

Z-drugs

Antidepressants

Opioid analgesics

October 2019 to September 2020

8,968,513

5,714,149

77,747,592

23,296,870

October 2020 to September 2021

8,659,089

5,603,196

81,908,280

23,083,291