controlled drugs

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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They were sentenced at Craigavon Crown Court for their role in the supply of controlled drugs by an organised crime gang operating in Derry and Co Donegal.
A local man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of supplying Class C controlled drugs, and remained in custody last night.
A man was detained and charged with being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and PS80,000 of narcotics were recovered.
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People living nearby watched as police brought out items from the house and a man and women were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of controlled drugs.
Ten addresses were raided on Wednesday, resulting in eight men and two women between 29 and 56 being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy or being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.
Dubai Health Authority issues circular to doctors and pharmacists on curbs regarding the prescription and dispensing of controlled drugs
Adrian Lubecki of St Matthews Street, Ipswich, was charged with being concerned with the supply of controlled drugs and for possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply.
Mark Andrew Jones, 36, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B controlled drugs, possession of criminal property and an offence of possession of a Class B controlled drug.
New legislative changes will allow prescriptions for controlled drugs to be generated electronically instead of handwritten.

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