In July 2017, a member of staff observed that a bottle of codeine
was not as thick as it was expected to be and three bottles were removed and tested.
'On Sunday, August 13, 2019 at about 2.00 a.m., the operatives of the Headquarters Strike Force Zone A intercepted one truck laden with dreaded codeine
, Tramadol and other controlled pain killers along Maryland, Ikeja.
And Annette Tweedley said: "Why would a doctor prescribe methadone to come off codeine
? That's insane."
The 50-year-old, from the Isle of Bute in Scotland, began to buy codeine
online, was eventually put on methadone and later got hooked on heroin "to try to keep the depression away".
A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel heard that on one occasion Phelan, who was employed via Amber Care Agency, prescribed 100 15mg tablets of codeine
to a patient who came in complaining of facial pain.
"When I first became aware of the use of excess codeine
she was on over the years, I had tried to reduce her dosage - she was on eight to begin with.
There is limited data on levels of prescribing of codeine
, consumption levels and prevalence rates of codeine
use, misuse and dependence in South Africa.
"But patients should treat codeine
with the utmost respect.
He said, 'Honestly, this is a welcome development because codeine
is being abused by youths who are supposed to be our future leaders.
Labeling for the medications also is being updated with additional safety information for adult use--including an expanded Boxed Warning, the FDA's most prominent warning, notifying about the risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death, and slowed or difficult breathing that can result from exposure to codeine
The agency also is requiring companies to add a boxed warning to drug labels for prescription cough and cold medicines containing codeine
or hydrocodone about the "risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose, death, and slowed or difficult breathing," according to an FDA safety announcement.