Here's what happened when codeine was made prescription-only

Fears switching the painkiller codeine to a prescription-only medicine would lead to more people misusing stronger painkillers are unfounded, according to research published this month.


Our research, in the journal Addiction, found the 2018 switch resulted in a 50% drop in codeine overdoses and sales.

There was also no increase in overdoses with stronger opioids or high-strength codeine, as some had feared.

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