UK fears crisis as 11.5 million get potentially addictive drugs
The medicines included anti-anxiety drugs called benzodiazepines and sleeping pills known as z-drugs, as well as the epilepsy and anxiety medicines gabapentin and pregabalin, antidepressants, and opioid pain medicines.
"This means more people are at risk of becoming addicted to them or having problems when they stop using them," PHE said.
The Paris-based OECD said deaths linked to opioid use were rising sharply in Sweden, Norway, Ireland, and England and Wales.Read more: ABS-CBN News
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