According to a council report, Nearly 12 million people, or rather about one in four adults in England, takes medicines for pain, depression, or insomnia, which they can find hard to stop.
Public Health England (PHE), claims that too many people are prescribed medicines that can cause dependence. Half become been on certain medications for a year or higher and longer than a fifth for over three years. Prescribing charges are 1.5 times higher for women than for men.
The review says there may be a good reason for people to use antidepressants over a long period, but the widespread prescribing of opioid painkillers, benzodiazepines, and sleeping pills needs to change. GPs should preferably study social guiding, from talking treatments to joining a choir.
The highest number of drugs taken comes out to be 7.3Million, that too for antidepression.he biggest numbers are on antidepressants, or we can say17% of the adult population in England is suffering from depression. About 930,000 people have been on them for at most limited three years. Those who close need to do so with the help of a doctor and taper their dose slowly to dodge removal symptoms.
The long-term use of antidepressants has become a necessary part of the life of half of the million people, which turns out to be more worrying. The report says they have been on antidepressants for more than three years for chronic conditions such as lower back pain and joint pain, and long-term antidepressant use is necessary for some. The experts say that the drugs are addictive and paracetamol or ibuprofen work as well or better. Opioids should be kept for acute pain, such as in cancer.