OTC codeine harms on the rise

Rising demand for treatment for over-the-counter codeine misuse suggests more attention needs to be paid to the hazards of weaker opioids, drug researchers say.

Pharmaceutical opioid misuse was gaining ground on heroin-related harms, according to the latest figures on opioid-related presentations to drug treatment services.

And for the first time, a rise in treatment for codeine misuse has been revealed, according to data from the