Emma McDonnell, a medical student at the University of Limerick, says: “Codeine addiction is an epidemic verging on eruption.”
McDonnell, who is studying in the graduate-entry medical school at UL, previously qualified as a pharmacist at Trinity College Dublin. She does weekend locum work in pharmacies to help pay her college fees.
While problems with cocaine are often in the headlines, over-the-counter codeine pain killers are an emerging addiction scourge, she says.
“The research I have done, and articles I have had published, have been drawn from my working life as a pharmacist, to date,” says Ms McDonnell. “In pharmacy college, we were taught about addiction pharmacy and we were very much aware of our duty, as pharmacists, to inform people when dispensing products.
Source: Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 9th October 2019