Codeine dependent consume a pack a day

Patients admitted to hospital with serious complications from misusing codeine consume on average a pack a day of the over-the-counter drugs, an investigation has found.

Alarming new research presented at the APSAD Scientific Alcohol and Drugs Conference on Wednesday has led to further calls for drugs containing codeine to be made prescription only in Australia.

A University of South Australia investigation into hospitalisations associated with OTC combination analgesics containing codeine has found their misuse it is not only life-threatening but expensive to the