Codeine has been used as a painkiller for nearly 200 years - which is why it has never been tested to today's safety requirements. Despite its popularity, it is a killer, especially among infants and children with a genetic predisposition. Life-threatening effects have also been reported among adults, say researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada.
It's time to put codeine to rest, they say.
(Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, 4 October 2010; doi: 10.1503/cmaj.101411).