Over-the-Counter Codeine Ban Comes into Effect

Posted on: Thu 1 Feb 2018

Opioid codeine was regularly used to boost the pain relieving effects of paracetamol and ibuprofen, but after reports indicated an increasing number of overdoses related to the drug, codeine is no longer available for sale without a prescription.

Research from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre shows that codeine-related deaths more than doubled in Australia between 2000 and 2009.

Dr. Ben O’Mara, from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, joins Tom Jordan on Breakfast to discuss the ban.


Produced by Casey Tonkin

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