Pre­pare for codeine ban

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

DOC­U­MEN­TARY maker Louis Th­er­oux has warned Aus­tralia to pre­pare for the con­se­quences of the ban on over-the-counter codeine.

In his new doc­u­men­tary, Heroin Town, Th­er­oux spent time in Hunt­ing­ton, West Vir­ginia, where ad­dic­tion to opi­oid painkillers and a crack­down on over-pre­scrip­tion, has pushed many to heroin, and the fa­tal over­dose rate is 13 times the na­tional av­er­age.

Aus­tralians will soon need pre­scrip­tions for painkillers with codeine af­ter a re­port that ac­ci­den­tal deaths from over­doses had dou­bled since 2007.

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