Policy Statement

This policy describes the procedures for the safe storage, administration and disposal of any controlled drug used in the home.

“Controlled drugs” refer to those medications that have been identified as potentially addictive or hazardous and thus require special provisions if they are to be prescribed, kept and used.

Such drugs are covered under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, as amended, which classifies them into three separate categories according to their capacity for harm: Class A, Class B and Class C. The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 further classifies the drugs into five schedules relating to lawful possession and supply.

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