The UK Government often overlook this ever worsening, possibility fatal, nationwide issue.
The Evening Standard newspaper have released this article, explaining that the warnings on prescription medications are to be toughened up. It is better late than never!
Remember: if you have to take prescription medications that have the potential of addiction. Try to keep to the lowest dose possible and use them as little as you can. The more you use them and the higher the strength (dose) possible, the greater your risk of addiction will be. Also make sure you ask or look up the following information.
Certain people are at a greater risk of developing an addiction due to genetics, their childhood, environment and many others. You can find out about the science of addiction here.