Codeinefree Closure

An end to an era.

After nearly eleven years, Codeinefree is to close.

In February, we were approached by an advocate for Indivior who said she had funding to share between seven or so groups and how would we use it. We had meetings, explained how Codeinefree was closing and if funding was available, what we would use it for. We drafted up a proposal and submitted it.

It was duly rejected. Apparently they couldn't fund one of the things we were seeking funding for. This is when the first alarm bell went off. The second was when I was told how "Certain things couldn't be but in an email as we had to appear impartial". OK, It can't be put in an email but you can say it on the phone. Serious concern but I was committed to going down this path.

The proposal was rewritten and resubmitted and again rejected. Apparently if they were the sole funder then they owned Codeinefree. Well that's crap as I contribute as do others. This is where I found out that the advocate didn't actually have any funds to allocate as it had to go through a three step approval process to which she wasn't a party to. I even asked about any published guidelines regarding this process but was told there aren't any.

Once again the proposal was rewritten and submitted before being rejected without reason. The story is that the "Outgoing" co-ordinator had without reason simply stopped accepting applications. Again, we were invited to reapply. We were asked to split it into two proposals and then told that the bank account we were using wasn't suitable.

All along this process we were to be introduced to other organizations which never happened. I was given excuses like "They're not happy with the outgoing secretariate" which for a time I believed. I also noticed that any approaches I made that mentioned Indivior landed on deaf ears. There's obviously a problem with credibility somewhere and I don't think it's with mine.

After four months of what feels like the cruelest hoax played on Codeinefree this charade is coming to an end and Codeinefree is closing. If it wasn't for the call recordings, I wouldn't be able to prove any of this.

I should take this opportunity to thank:-

The administrators and moderators of Codeinefree past and present. It could never have been what it was without you.

Dr Chris Ford and SMMGP. Your support and assistance have been invaluable.

Sheila Kelley, former chief exec PAGP. Thankyou for the support and funding.

And to everybody who have supported us, a big thankyou to you all.

Lastly, I would like to wish everybody my very best. May you succeed with your recoveries.

Kind regards,


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Welcome to CodeineFree

(sometimes referred to as CodeineFreeMe)

Codeinefree was formed in September 2005 with three aims. Firstly, to bring help and advice to people who found themselves dependant on codeine or dihydrocodeine. Secondly, to try to bring said help from medical and pharmaceutical professionals and thirdly, to raise awareness to the entire area of codeine, dihydrocodeine (Inc Vicodin & Oxycodone) and Over The Counter (OTC) dependency.

Over The Counter products containing Codeine include:- Co-Codamol, Solpadeine, Syndol, Solpadol, Solpaflex, Codis, Paracodol, Propain Plus, Panadol Ultra, Feminax, Cuprofen Plus and Nurofen Plus. Dihydrocodine is found in the OTC product Paramol.

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  • News and Information
  • Access to healthcare professionals
  • Support from people who know!
  • Links to other sites and information resources.
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About Opiates

Posted on September 21st, 2005 by Simon

Opium poppies had been seen on drawings and coins predating mentions in greek literature by over 1000 years. In Greek poppies were called Opion which came from the word for 'juice'. When translated into latin this became Opium.

During the Renaissance, Paracelsus thought that no matter what the disease, sleep and pain relief was part of the cure. He used several different preparations of opium one you may have heard of which was a victorian favourite and available from most corner shops was Laudanum, from the latin 'something to be praised'.

Moving on a bit, Sigmund Freud treated his Opium addicts with cocaine. This proved disatrous as cocaine is too short acting, but this gave other medical uses such as lignocaine and other local anaesthetics. Us good old brits were also happy pushing Opium on China and after them grumbling about us flogging this stuff, we had a little war, funnily enough called the 'Opium wars', We did manage to win this and go on trading the stuff and took Hong kong on a 100 year lease as it was a vital trading port. Custom figures from 1881 showed that 6million kg of opium was imported into China per year. A scottish doctor Alexander Wood experimented with injecting opium and his wife who he used to experiment on was maybe the first woman to die of an injected opiate overdose.

Bayer, the german company who also were famous for aspirin patented heroin which they began to sell in 1898 as a cure for coughs and tb.

The Americans banned the use of heroin (Diamorphine) in the 1920's and I believe to this date it is still not used in medicine in the US.



Posted on September 21st, 2005 by Simon

Paracetamol is rapidly absorbed especialy in soluble form.

The toxic dose of paracetamol is highly variable. In adults, single doses above 10 grams or 200 mg/kg of bodyweight, whichever is lower, have a reasonable likelihood of causing toxicity.

The liver on the whole is an uncomplaining organ and often can function with a great deal of damage without symptoms. Then just a bit of further abuse can make it stick up it's hands in submission.



Posted on September 21st, 2005 by Mark

Ibuprofen was developed by the Boots Company in the early 1960's after their researchers identified Carboxylic Acid as the anti-inflammatory agent in aspirin. They researched other forms of Carboxylic Acid and eventually identified one with twice the strength of aspirin.

After testing over 600 compounds, ibuprofen was identified as the most effective. They began to retail this in 1964 as the prescription medicine Brufen. Ibuprofen became an OTC medicine in 1984.