Is your prescribing serving a hidden addiction?

Chris Bateman


Addiction to prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines is a hidden, little-researched chronic illness – which could be significantly countered by destigmatisation, ‘up-scheduling’ certain medications, creating a single electronic database across dispensaries and boosting doctor awareness regarding long-term or repeat prescriptions. This is according to Dr Volker Hitzeroth, President of the South African Addiction Medicine Society and convenor of the addictions sub-group of the South African Society of Psychiatrists.

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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addictive pain-killing opioids, sleeping pills

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(6):359-361. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7027

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Date submitted: 2013-05-07
Date published: 2013-05-22

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