Almost a quarter of people questioned in a survey had taken at least three prescribed drugs in the last week Almost half of the population of England is regularly taking prescribed drugs, with cholesterol-lowering statins, pain relief and anti-depressants among the most common, a major study has found. The comprehensive Health Survey for England, which provides a snapshot of the nation’s health, shows 43% of men and 50% of women took at least one medicine in the last week.