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Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977

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Number 12 of 1977


MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT, 1977


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Interpretation.

2.

Controlled drugs.

3.

Restriction on possession of controlled drugs.

4.

Regulations permitting possession of controlled drugs.

5.

Regulations to prevent misuse of controlled drugs.

6.

Directions prohibiting prescribing, supply etc. of controlled drugs by practitioners or pharmacists convicted of offences.

7.

Special directions prohibiting prescribing etc. of controlled drug in certain cases.

8.

Investigation of cases where Minister considers there are grounds for special direction.

9.

Prohibition of prescribing etc. in cases of urgency.

10.

Investigation on initiative of Dental Board, Medical Registration Council or Veterinary Council.

11.

Appeals.

12.

Regulations (committees and panels).

13.

Additional powers in relation to certain controlled drugs.

14.

Licences etc..

15.

Possession of controlled drugs for unlawful sale or supply.

16.

Prohibition of certain activities etc. relating to opium.

17.

Prohibition of cultivation of opium poppy or cannabis plant.

18.

Forged or fraudulently altered prescriptions.

19.

Occupiers etc. permitting certain activities to take place on land, vehicle or vessel to be guilty of an offence.

20.

Offences relating to acts outside the State.

21.

Attempts etc. and miscellaneous other offences.

22.

Onus of proof.

23.

Power of Garda Síochána to search persons, vehicles, vessels or aircraft.

24.

Powers to inspect and demand production of drugs, books or documents.

25.

Power of arrest.

26.

Search warrants.

27.

Penalties.

28.

Power of court to remand persons convicted under section 3, 15, 16, 17 or 18 and to obtain a report and in certain cases to arrange for the medical treatment or for the care of such persons.

29.

Defences generally.

30.

Forfeiture.

31.

Offences in relation to bodies corporate.

32.

Poisons for purposes of Pharmacy Acts, 1875 to 1962.

33.

Amendment of Poisons Act, 1961.

34.

Amendment of section 2 of Pharmacy Act, 1962.

35.

Amendment of Pharmacopoeia Act, 1931.

36.

Amendment of section 65 of Health Act, 1947.

37.

Service etc. of notices.

38.

Regulations generally; laying of orders.

39.

Expenses.

40.

Collection and disposal of moneys payable under Act.

41.

Repeal of Dangerous Drugs Act, 1934, and transitional provision.

42.

Miscellaneous repeals and transitional provisions.

43.

Short title, commencement and collective citations.

SCHEDULE

Acts Referred to

Dentists Act, 1928

1928, No. 25

Pharmacy Act, 1951

1951, No. 30

Amendment Act, 1890

1890, c. 48

Medical Practitioners Act, 1927

1927, No. 25

Pharmacy Act (Ireland), 1875

1875, c. 57

Veterinary Surgeons Act, 1931

1931, No. 36

Poisons Act, 1961

1961, No. 12

Pharmacy Act, 1962

1962, No. 14

Pharmacopoeia Act, 1931

1931, No. 22

Health Act, 1947

1947, No. 28

Health Act, 1953

1953, No. 26

Health Act, 1970

1970, No. 1

Companies Act, 1963

1963, No. 33

Public Offices Fees Act, 1879

1879, c. 58

Dangerous Drugs Act, 1934

1934, No. 1

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Number 12 of 1977


MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT, 1977


AN ACT TO PREVENT THE MISUSE OF CERTAIN DANGEROUS OR OTHERWISE HARMFUL DRUGS, TO ENABLE THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH TO MAKE FOR THAT PURPOSE CERTAIN REGULATIONS IN RELATION TO SUCH DRUGS, TO ENABLE THAT MINISTER TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN SUBSTANCES SHALL BE POISONS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE PHARMACY ACTS, 1875 TO 1962, TO AMEND THE PHARMACOPOEIA ACT, 1931 , THE POISONS ACT, 1961 , THE PHARMACY ACT, 1962 , AND THE HEALTH ACTS, 1947 TO 1970, TO REPEAL THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT, 1934 , AND SECTION 78 OF THE HEALTH ACT, 1970 , AND TO MAKE CERTAIN OTHER PROVISIONS IN RELATION TO THE FOREGOING. [16th May, 1977]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS: