Patients in denial about 200-tablet-per-week codeine habits

New findings lend support to the impending up-scheduling of the drugs.

People who start taking OTC codeine analgesics for back pain and headaches are ending up in hospital with overdose-related toxicity after becoming dependent and taking almost 30 tablets daily, a review shows.


In findings that appear to justify the impending up-scheduling of codeine products, researchers at the University of South Australia say many patients remain in denial about their overuse of codeine-containing analgesics even after being