The United Kingdom is grappling with a significant shortage of prescription drugs, with nearly half of the population experiencing difficulties obtaining essential medications, according to a recent survey conducted by Opinium and reported by The Guardian.

According to Report, the survey revealed that a staggering 49% of respondents had encountered issues with prescription fulfillment over the past two years, a period during which supply problems have escalated dramatically. Shockingly, one in every 12 people (8%) was left entirely without the necessary medications, as they were unable to find the required drugs at any pharmacy.

Furthermore, 31% of those surveyed discovered that their nearest and most convenient pharmacy did not have the medication they needed in stock, while 23% of pharmacies were found to have insufficient supplies of essential drugs.