An overview of codeine dependence, past, present and future

The 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will be held on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May with optional workshops on Wednesday 30 May at the QT Gold Coast.

Dr Suzanne Nielsen, Senior Research Fellow at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW joins us at the Conference to discuss An overview of codeine dependence, past, present and future’.

Abstract

Dr Suzanne Nielsen

This presentation will provide an overview of over-the-counter codeine dependence leading up to the rescheduling in Australia that occurred on Feb 1, 2018. The talk will cover the unique nature of over-the-counter codeine dependence, treatment demand in addiction treatment services in relation to the codeine dependence and some of the early findings relating to the impact of this scheduling change. Finally, I will discuss some of the opportunities and challenges moving forward in responding to the needs of people with dependence on prescription opioids, which now includes codeine.

Biography

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr Suzanne Nielsen (BPharm PhD MPS) is a Senior Research Fellow, based at the National Drug and Alcohol Centre, UNSW. Her research focuses on identifying and responding to prescription and over-the-counter drug-related problems. Suzanne’s work has led to a greater understanding of the characteristics of pharmaceutical opioid dependence and treatment responses, including the use of opioid agonist treatments for pharmaceutical opioid dependence.

For more information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference please visit the conference website.

 

 

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