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Foley, Michelle and Deluca, Paolo and Kimergård, Andreas (2017) Time to review the provision of addiction treatment for codeine dependence. BMJ , 359 , j5311.

URL: http://www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5311.long

Letter to the editors:
.....People who take codeine for valid reasons may require higher doses over time, and this can develop into dependence. Once dependent, people are likely to start doctor and pharmacy “shopping” or stealing to consume high doses and avoid withdrawal. Tighter regulation and closer monitoring of over-the-counter sales may be part of the solution, but we also need to examine the service provision for patients with codeine dependence, as current treatment services may not be adequate or appropriate. Timely access to addiction treatment is necessary to tackle the consequences of codeine dependence.


Item Type:Article
Date:20 November 2017
Page Range:j5311
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group Ltd
Volume:359
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Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Opioid product > Codeine
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Over the counter drug (medicine / medication)
E Concepts in biomedical areas > Substance by legal status > Prescription drug (medicine / medication)
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
T Demographic characteristics > Doctor
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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