Since 2007, codeine-based pain relievers such as Solpadeine can only be dispensed under the supervision of a pharmacist.
If you try to buy a pack, you’ll be asked who it’s for, why you need it, and whether you’ve tried other alternatives first.
LloydsPharmacy supervising pharmacist Denis O’Driscoll told RSVP Live that pharmacists are often “vilified” for asking “a million questions”, but it is for the good of customers.
“There was a recent study from Cork on the regulations that were put in place for pharmacies regarding the sales of codeine and it showed a 30% decrease in intentional overdoses due to these regulations,” he said. he declares.
“This equates to approximately 506 cases of intentional overdose. It is important and it saves lives.”
When asked what a pharmacist would do if he thought you were buying too much solpadeine, he replied, “This is a very difficult behavior to work with. If someone comes in regularly, you might. intoxicate with the combination, ibuprofen and codeine.
“By not giving it to them, are they going to go somewhere else and the problem just moves elsewhere?”
“I worked in addiction for 22 years before I met Lloyd’s Pharmacy. It’s a very fine line that you try to walk. Taking care of the patient and keeping their needs at heart, but trying. to stay safe in your own business conduct. ”
He continued, “I advise pharmacists to put themselves in their shoes. If someone comes to me and keeps buying Solpadeine, I might challenge them one day and say ‘Look, you are every week, what a is the reason? “
“If someone tries to open up, you try to give them room and space to do so. They will be ashamed, they will have an associated stigma. We don’t know where they came from or what they are. is in the background, it got them to use. “