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Misuse of codeine-containing combination analgesics

Michael A McDonough
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (9): 486.

To the Editor: Frei and colleagues recently drew our attention to combination analgesic misuse-related morbidity.1 The same phenomenon has also been reported in New Zealand.2 About 50 years ago, analgesic misuse was widespread in Australia and commonly involved chronic, excessive use of combination analgesics (including the aspirin–phenacetin

Michael A McDonough, Head of Addiction Medicine and Toxicology
Western Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
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