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Kelly, Michael G (1972) Misuse of a morphine alternative (Diconal). Journal of the Irish Medical Association , 65 , (16) , pp. 414-415.

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This article details the methods of misuse, effects and side effects and prescription issues relating to the morphine alternative, Diconal. From the summer of 1970 to December 1971 64 people (primarily males, with an average age of 21.4 years) presented for treatment for adverse effects from the use of Diconal. Adverse effects include infections, overdose, venous thromboses and abscesses. Initially Diconal abusers acquired the drug through burgling dispensaries, and later attended multiple doctors in order to receive a large number of prescriptions. Two doctors were charged with failing to comply with the Dangerous Drugs Act 1934. Few abusers were charged as they had acquired the drugs on prescription. In August 1971 the National Drugs Advisory Board wrote to GPs drawing their attention to the care required in prescribing Diconal, especially to young people. Following pressure and publicity the marketing of Diconal ceased as of November 30th, 1971.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Article
Drug Type
Prescription/Over the counter
Date
August 1972
Season/Number
8
Page Range
pp. 414-415
Publisher
Irish Medical Organisation
Volume
65
Number
16
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