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CODEMISUSED project featured on RTE 1 Medication Nation

Dr Marie Claire Van Hout speaks to Dr. Eva Orsmond.

On Monday 30th January 2017 - Dr Marie Claire Van Hout, CODEMISUSED Principal Investigator and Project Coordinator, spoke to Dr. Eva Orsmond about the potential risks and harms of the use, misuse and dependence of codeine.

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In this thought-provoking documentary Dr. Eva Orsmond examines Ireland's relationship with over-the-counter and prescription drugs. She asks about what drugs are we taking too much of and what drugs are we taking for the wrong reasons. Travelling the country, she uncovers evidence that Irish people are indeed over-using and abusing certain medications. Codeine tablets are among the best-selling drugs in Irish pharmacies, but many people don't realise that the codeine pill they routinely take for headaches, stress and emotional problems can be as addictive as heroin. Dr. Eva meets one man who currently consumes 96 codeine tablets a day.

Medication Nation also looks at claims that certain other drugs are being over-prescribed across our health service. In 2015, 1.2 million prescriptions were written for anti-anxiety medication alone.

Dr Eva hopes this hard-hitting documentary will make us all question our relationship with drugs that can sometimes end up doing more harm than good - often becoming seriously detrimental to people's lives.

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