So I was watching the news the other day unfortunately. I prefer to boycott it but working night shift I'm outnumbered in my channel preference during my dinner break . So it seems they are really cracking down on codeine hard now by making records so you can't doctor shop for it. I think allot of people have been doctor shopping since February when they banned it from over the counter. I think it's fair enough you shouldn't be able to see three doctors in the same day and get three boxes of panadeine forte. Disclaimer! I'm not offering a professional opinion here! I think we should have a right to get codeine over the counter. I think the system we had before feb was fine. They take a record and tell you to f*** off if you're getting it too often. There where some lazy chemists that didn't record it and I think they should have cracked down on them instead. From what understand codeine is pretty well the safest opiate. It has a cealing dose which means you can only take so much before it stops working. Around 400 - 600mg. Which is roughly 40 - 60mg of morphine or 20 - 30mg of diamorphine (aka heroin). Codeine has to pass through your liver to be converted into morphine which means it won't work if you try and snort it, shelf it or inject it. I think allot of the deaths would be more related to the paracetamol in the tablets or mixing it with other drugs, granted that is dangerous. But I think by banning codeine it's just going to send addicts to the street where they can score much better and much more dangerous opiates. Prohibition never works. And I know that statement can open up a big can of worms but I truly believe it. Yeah it's not prohibited but too many hoops to jump through just makes it easier to turn to the black market imo. As for me I'm just annoyed that I can't go and get some panadeine when I have a bad headache or when my knees are killing me from kneeling on the grate in a spray booth all day. Anyway tell me what you think.