Why it matters: Anxiolytics and Hypnotics are drugs that are prescribed for short-term treatment of conditions such as anxiety and sleep problems. The Royal College of Psychiatrists states that "around 4 in every 10 people who take them every day for more than 6 weeks will become addicted" and therefore they should not be prescribed for longer than 4 weeks. This measure shows the mean Average Daily Quantity (ADQ) given per prescription, for both the older benzodiazepines, such as diazepam and temazepam, and the newer "Z-drugs", such as zopiclone. It excludes items that do not have an ADQ, such as melatonin.
Description: Number of average daily quantities (ADQs) per item for anxiolytics and hypnotics
Sub-ICB Locations are ordered by mean percentile over the past six months. Each chart shows the results for the individual Sub-ICB Location, plus deciles across all Sub-ICB Locations in the NHS in England.