Codeine overdoses arriving in ED halve

'Significant reduction' in poisonings after codeine made prescription only, study shows

Codeine-related overdoses fell by more than half at a major Brisbane hospital in the 12 months following the upscheduling of all codeine-containing products, a study shows.

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Falls were even greater in products containing less than 30mg, the dose affected by the OTC ban, according to the study by researchers from the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The researchers reviewed codeine-related presentations (deliberate self-poisonings and recreational exposures) to their hospital in the year before and after