Nearly 50% take prescription drugs
Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs, according to the comprehensive Health Survey for England.
Cholesterol-lowering statins, pain relief and anti-depressants were among the most prescribed medicines.
The report, by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), showed an average of 18.7 prescriptions per person in England in 2013.
The cost to the NHS was in excess of £15bn-a-year.
More than a fifth of men and nearly a quarter of women are taking at least three prescriptions.