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  • Hidden epidemic in Irish society

    Posted on March 18th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Dr Colin O’Gara outlines the symptoms and most effective treatments for codeine addiction and examines how availability controls can affect the incidence of dependency problems in the patient population.
    Addiction services within the Irish psychiatric system have traditionally been dominated by presentations of illicit substance abuse. An increasing number of newspaper articles in Ireland, however, have highlighted the rising problem of codeine abuse and addiction.

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  • ‘Date-rape drugs’ are on the rise, UN warns

    Posted on February 25th, 2010 TimB No comments

    So-called date-rape drugs are on the rise, according to the United Nations drug control agency’s annual report.

    The International Narcotics Control Board says tough measures against the best-known drug, Rohypnol, have worked.

    But sexual abusers are turning to alternative substances subject to less stringent international controls. It wants these placed on governments’ controlled substances lists and for manufacturers to develop safety features such as dyes and flavourings.

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  • Crackdown on sale of codeine in Northern Ireland

    Posted on September 3rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    Tighter controls are to be placed on the painkiller codeine amid fears of patients becoming addicted.

    Leading Northern Ireland pharmacists urged the public not to be concerned about the crackdown on the widely-used adult pain-relief drug after it was issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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