Protection of Children (Drugs)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to stop or discourage the production of drugs in gay and attractive bottles and capsules likely to make children think they are sweets.

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

I do not think this would be either practicable or effective. The right solution is for all drugs to be kept out of the reach of children.

Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland

Is the Minister aware that several doctors have pointed out to me that they do receive drugs which are clearly got up in such a way that children could mistake them for sweets and that that may have serious results? Can he not give some publicity to this and to those who produce drugs in this form?

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

I think that what the hon. Gentleman has said today will go some way towards meeting the publicity point, but I do not know of any drug bottles which are made to look particularly attractive.