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[irishhealth.com] , Condon, Deborah Addiction to codeine on the rise. (19 Jul 2016)

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An increasing number of people in Ireland are becoming addicted to codeine and one of the main reasons for this is the easy availability of the drug, it has been claimed.

Codeine is a relatively mild analgesic (painkiller), however its potency should not be underestimated, according to Gerry Ryan, project manager of the Tolka River Project, an addiction rehabilitation centre in Dublin.

"While far from being as strong as morphine or its derivatives, codeine is metabolised in the body in the same way as morphine so it has a similar but milder opiate effect," he explained........


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