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Codeine abuse is a habit, but how should South Africa deal with it?

Prof Charles Parry, Dr Tara Carney and Dr Marie Claire Van Hout

Codeine abuse accounted for 2.5% of roughly 20 000 admissions to South African drug treatment centres in 2014, according to a South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) study published in the South African Medical Journal last year.

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Professor Charles Parry is the director of the alcohol, tobacco and other drug research unit at the SAMRC. Dr Tara Carney is a senior scientist in the same unit  at the SAMRC; and Dr Marie Claire van Hout is Principal Investigator & Project Coordinator of CODEMISUSED, based in the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science in the School of Health Sciences at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.


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