According to analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics by SSentif, the NHS in the UK spends more than £440m a year on painkillers.

(This works out at £8.80 per person, with some GPs giving patients over-the-counter painkillers and branded cold and flu treatments like Lemsip and Anadin on prescription. My doctor once prescribed coffee and red wine (long story), but he wouldn’t give me a prescription.)