Oxycodone safer for kids than codeine, say drug experts

'The idea that codeine is a weak opioid is a fairy story': Adjunct Associate Professor Geraldine Moses

GPs are being urged to use the 'stronger' opioid oxycodone for children, rather than 'weaker' codeine, because it is safer.

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The advice comes on the back of the first Australian study to quantify the prescribing of opioids to children.

The study found codeine made up almost one-quarter of all PBS-subsidised opioid scripts filled for children aged 12 or younger in 2017.

GPs wrote three-quarters of the 7000 scripts, reported the researchers led by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.

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