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FOI 981 - Benzodiazepine


Information Requested:

Q.1. Number of self-referrals to GPs for benzodiazepine usage 2018-22, broken down by year (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022):
1.B. Per gender
1.C. Per ethnicity
Q.2. Number of hospitalisations of those aged 15-30 years old for issues related to benzodiazepine usage 2018-2022, broken down by year (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022):
2.B. Per gender
2.C. Per ethnicity
Q.3. Number of hospital admissions aged 15-30 years old with benzodiazepine related mental disorders/behavioural disorders 2018-2022, broken down by year (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022):
3.B. Per gender
3.C. Per ethnicity
Q.4. Number of people aged 15-30 years old visiting GP seeking withdrawal treatment for benzodiazepines 2018-2022, broken down by year (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022):
4.B. Per gender 
4.C. Per ethnicity
Q.5. Number of people aged 15-30 years old referred to by a GP for mental health services for support relating to benzodiazepines use 2018-2022, broken down by year (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022):
5.B. Per gender 
5.C. Per ethnicity


Information provided for the answer:

Thank you for your recent request dated 18th September 2022.

Public Health Wales do not hold this data, it is important to note that Public Health Wales is the public health service for Wales and as such is an independent NHS Trust. This is NOT the same as NHS Wales. As an organisation we have no jurisdiction over the activities of Health Boards and frequently do not have access to the data that they produce.

I have provided contact details for each Health Board below, I suggest you contact them for the information you require.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

Swansea Bay University Health Board

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Powys Teaching Health Board


John Lawson

Head of Information Governance

Public Health Wales NHS Trust


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If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner for Wales
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