A patient died on 5th November 2019 after consuming an excessive quantity of morphine which was prescribed to her, it’s toxicity ultimately causing her death.
I think over the counter abuse of opiates is significant. In my experience, so many sales are for combined opiate preparations like co-codamol.
There is not enough regulation around over the counter codeine and sales are too frequent. Codeine sales should be suitably counselled and monitored.
The GPhC have taken enforcement action against six separate pharmacies relating to unusually high volumes of sales of codeine linctus.