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Should painkillers be prescription only?

MPs have warned that more than 30,000 people in the UK are addicted to painkillers.

The addicts are mostly women in middle age who risk liver dysfunction, drowsiness and stomach ulcers if they continue to take the codeine based medicines.

Paddy O'Connell talked to Janet Richardson, a long term addict (although she doesn't like to use the term) of over-the-counter painkillers. Janet was in no doubt: Codeine based painkillers should be prescription only, as in the USA.

More information about Janet's story here. The website mentioned in the film is Over-Count.

Should painkillers be prescription only? Is pill-popping the too-easy option? Should we stop taking so many pills? Or do you value convenient pain-relief? Add your comment, please.


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