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Controlled Drugs

What is a controlled drug?

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 defines Controlled Drugs (CDs) as drugs which are 'dangerous or otherwise harmful' and have the potential for abuse or misuse.  To protect patients and the public, stringent safeguards are put in place to control the availability of these drugs.

Many CDs have ligitimate medical uses.  The laws that regulate medicinal CD use should never interfere with a patient receiving the most appropriate treatment.

Who can prescribe a controlled drug?

Doctors and Dentists are allowed to prescribe and administer a wide range of CDs.  Independent Nurse Prescribers can prescribe some CDs for certain conditions.  Pharmacist Prescribers and Supplementary Nurse Prescribers can prescribe a wide range of CDs under a Clinical Management Plan.  Midwives may also administer a limited range of CDs to women in the course of childbirth.

Who is the Accountable Officer for Controlled Drugs in Locala?

Head of Medicines Management, Lucianne Ricketts, has been delegated responsibility for carrying out this role and will ensure that arrangements are in place to comply with the misuse of drugs regulations.

For concerns regarding controlled drugs for please contact Lucianne Ricketts, Head of Medicines Management, on 030 3003 4541.