Prescription Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th October 2020.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) hospital admissions and (b) deaths related to (i) benzodiazepines, (ii) z drugs and (iii) antidepressants were recorded in the last year.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Information on hospital admissions and deaths in hospital settings only related to benzodiazepines and antidepressants is shown in the following tables. We are unable to provide data for Z drugs in the format requested. It should be noted that this is not a count of people, as an individual may have more than one admission in any given period.

The following table shows a count of finished admission episodes (FAEs) in 2019/20 with primary diagnosis of benzodiazepines and antidepressants and a count of FAEs in 2019/20 with any diagnosis of benzodiazepines and antidepressants. Activity in English National Service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

Financial year

Primary diagnosis - benzodiazepines

Primary diagnosis - antidepressants

All diagnosis - benzodiazepines

All diagnosis - antidepressants

2019/20

6,454

14,898

14,402

29,199

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

The following table shows a count of finished discharge episodes in 2019/20 with primary diagnosis of benzodiazepines and antidepressants who passed away. Activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector.

Financial year

Primary diagnosis - benzodiazepines

Primary diagnosis - antidepressants

2019/20

9

16

Source: HES, NHS Digital

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