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Dependency Forming Medicines – England – 2021/22

This is an upcoming publication to be released on 8 September 2022. View our statistical publication calendar for the release date of our other publications.

The Dependency Forming Medicines – England – 2021/22 publication is an experimental Official Statistic release. It will be produced with full consideration of the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics.

This release is a new publication developed following the Public Health England (PHE) evidence review of dependence and withdrawal associated with some prescribed medicines.

It is intended to produce a national view of prescribing of dependency forming medications for the use of policy makers, the general public and other users, and to be available to answer any high level questions in this area.

This release will include metrics on the volume and cost of prescribing of dependency forming medications and metrics looking at the proportion of adults on these medications across drug class. Various demographic breakdowns and breakdowns by geographic areas will also be included.

In line with our revisions and corrections policy (PDF: 180KB), all data can be updated when new information becomes available that relates to a period already published.

More information will be provided in the accompanying background information and methodology note. You should always use the latest release of a publication.