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controlled drugs

Psychoactive and or potentially addictive agents that are governed by the UK’s Misuse of Drugs Safe Custody Regulations 1973, amended 2007 (MDR), the current iteration of which divides the agents into five schedules:

Schedule 1 Controlled drugs
No recognised medicinal value; use requires controlled drugs licence for use, usually in research settings.

Examples
Cannibis sativa extract, mescaline, lysergide.

Schedule 2 Controlled drugs
Subject to safe custody requirements of MDR. They must be stored in a locked receptacle, and can only be opened by the person in lawful possession of the controlled drug (CD) or his/her agent. Supply restricted to licensed wholesalers, practitioners, hospitals and registered pharmacies. Wholesalers can only supply a person authorised to possess these drugs. Practitioners can only supply their patients. Hospitals may supply patients, wards and practitioners. Pharmacies may supply on receipt of a valid prescription or signed order.

Examples
100 agents are Schedule 2 drugs, including opiates, major stimulants, secobarbital and amphetamine.

Schedule 3 Controlled drugs
Subject to safe custody requirements, as above.

Examples
Substances perceived as being open to abuse, but less so than Schedule 2 controlled drugs. Schedule 3 contains synthetic opioids and other substances including temazepam.

Schedule 4 Controlled drugs

Part 1 Benzodiazepines
Contains most of the benzodiazepines, except flunitrazepam, midazolam and temazepam (Schedule 3), plus zolpidem, fencamfamin, mesocarb and others.

Part 2 Anabolic steroids and androgenic steroids
Testosterone, clenbuterol (adrenoreceptor stimulant) and growth hormones (5 polypeptide hormones).
 
There are no statutory requirements to record Schedule 4 controlled drugs, and their possession is not an offence if the holder has a valid prescription.

Schedule 5 Controlled drugs
Contains preparations of certain controlled drugs—e.g., codeine, pholcodine, morphine—which are exempt from full control when in medicinal products of low strengths.
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The arrests and charges form part of our ongoing investment into tackling the supply of Class A and B controlled drugs into North Wales.
Enabling appropriately qualified nurses and pharmacists to prescribe and mix those controlled drugs they are competent to use completes the changes made over recent years to ensure we make the best use of these highly trained professionals' skills, for the benefit of patients'.
Jill Millirons, RMA--Sparta, Missouri Telephoned unauthorized prescriptions for controlled drugs for herself and an acquaintance at two local pharmacies using the names of two physicians at the clinic where she was employed.
The RPSGB has been working closely with the Department of Health following the Government's response to the Shipman Inquiry's Fourth Report, "The Regulation of Controlled Drugs in the Community" and welcomes the opportunity to respond to this important consultation.
1 percent say that patients commonly try to pressure them into prescribing a controlled drug.
Controlled drug drawers should be locked at all times.
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The changes will allow prescribers to generate all controlled drug prescriptions electronically rather than having to hand-write Class B and some Class C controlled drug prescriptions on approved paper-based forms.
Welsh admitted being in possession of the items with the intention of selling them as the Class A controlled drug MDMA in order to pay off money he owed.

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