Abuse from codeine addicts an increasing problem

Pharmacists are increasingly experiencing ‘codeine tantrums’ from customers addicted to the widespread pain relief medication.

Reports in The Age revealed the scope of the problem, with one Melbourne pharmacist claiming he had to deal with up to four ‘codeine tantrums’ an hour.

Recently, the pharmacist, Adam Spiteri, said a man threw a paracetamol packet at staff when he was told Nurofen Plus was not the appropriate