n South African Medical Journal - Is your prescribing serving a hidden addiction? : izindaba

Volume 103, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



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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