Queensland Health has commenced a 12-month pilot of the Alcohol and Drug Clinical Advisory Service (ADCAS). ADCAS, which started on 15 January 2018, is a specialist telephone support service for medical practitioners in Queensland, providing clinical advice by on-call addiction medical specialists regarding the management of patients with codeine dependency and other alcohol and drug concerns. The free service is available 8am to 11pm, 7 days a week, telephone 1800 290 928. Practitioners can call for advice about:

  • Codeine related issues including options for treatment of dependency
  • management of withdrawal symptoms, intoxication and toxicity
  • management of complications associated with alcohol and drug use
  • drug interaction information.

Please note that this service is for medical practitioners only. Calls will be answered by a counsellor who will connect you to the on-call specialist or notify the specialist of your call if they are already with a patient or another call. Further information and materials about the service will be available shortly.

Patients seeking information should be directed to the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 177 833 for counselling, information and referral to treatment services.

From 1 February 2018 medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription. For more information visit https://bsphn.org.au/codeine or www.tga.gov.au/codeine-info-hub#wsrp