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
CCGs are ordered by mean percentile over the past six months. Each chart shows the results for the individual CCG, plus deciles across all CCGs in the NHS in England.