|Title:||Code of practice for the handling of Schedule 8 medicines (drugs of addiction) in hospitals and nursing posts|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0141/08|
|Date of issue:||Tuesday, 29 July 2008|
|Description:||To guide hospitals in the control and administration of drugs of addiction (Schedule 8 medicines) in compliance with the Poisons Regulations 1965.|
|Applicable to:||Hospital personnel|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 9 July 2008 to 9 July 2013|
|Review date:||1 May 2013|
|Authorised by:||Dr Robyn Lawrence, A/DIRECTOR GENERAL, WA HEALTH, 18-Jul-2008|
|Print version:||View print version|
|To be read in conjunction with:||
Code of practice for the handling of Schedule 8 medicines (drugs of addiction) in hospitals and nursing posts
This Operational Directive is intended to guide hospitals in the control and administration of Drugs of Addiction (Schedule 8 medicines) in compliance with the Poison Regulations 1965.
The Poisons Act 1964 and Poisons Regulations 1965 set out the restrictions on the possession, storage and access to Schedule 8 medicines in WA. A person who has been issued with a Poisons Licence or Permit under the Act is responsible for the secure storage of the medicines.
In this Operational Directive, an “authorised person” is, as defined by the Poison Regulations 1965, a person who is authorised to manufacture, distribute, sell or possess any drug of addiction other than a person having possession of a drug of addiction by authority of a prescription. This includes pharmacists, medical practitioners, registered nurses and other persons as authorised by the Chief Executive Officer.
Dr Robyn Lawrence
This circular last updated: Tuesday, 29 July 2008 at 1:54pm