Prescription Drugs: Misuse

Home Office written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they hold on methods available to test the potency and safety of prescription drugs taken illegally by young people; and whether they consider such testing should be made available at large gatherings of young people to help prevent drug related fatalities.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

Prescription-only medicines are, by their very nature, potent and should only be prescribed by a doctor or appropriate healthcare professional.

While technologies are available that test the potency and composition of illegally supplied drugs, no illegal drug-taking can be assumed to be safe and there is no safe way to take them.

The possession of any amount of a controlled drug is a criminal offence and the supply of a controlled drug is an even more serious offence. While operational decisions are a matter for Chief Constables, the Government and the public expect the police to enforce the law.

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