The Opium Act - The medicine in the dental practice
The Opium Act
There are medicines that can cause psychological or physical dependence, or addiction, with repeated use. When repeated use has led to addiction, withdrawal symptoms may occur if the medicine is no longer used.
The prescription and delivery of these medicines is regulated in the Opiates Act and other narcotic medicines, the Opium Act. A prescription for an agent that falls under the Opium Act must be written very carefully. A dentist will be reluctant to prescribe such medicines. Examples of opiates are codeine and morphine.