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Management of Psychotropic Drugs

Use and management of S8, Euthanasia Solutions and Benzodiazepines

In the ACT, management of the above psychotropic drugs are managed by ACT Health Protection Services. You can find more information at https://health.act.gov.au/health-professionals/pharmaceutical-services/controlled-medicines.

For the purposes of this policy an "assistant" is a veterinary nurse or veterinary technician working under the direct supervision of a registered veterinary surgeon.

A veterinary surgeon may write a prescription for a Scheduled Drug for veterinary treatment only and must endorse all such prescriptions with the words “FOR ANIMAL TREATMENT ONLY”.

A veterinary surgeon must not issue a prescription for, or supply any substance or drug in a quantity or for a purpose that does not accord with the recognised therapeutic standard of what is appropriate in the circumstances.

A Scheduled 8 substance or benzodiazepine for animal use may be supplied or used only by the veterinary practitioner or by an assistant working under the direct supervision of a veterinary practitioner, following an examination of the animal.

Barbiturate euthanasia solutions must only be used by a veterinary surgeon, or by an assistant working under the direct supervision of a veterinary surgeon following an assessment by a veterinary practitioner.

STORAGE

Schedule 8 substances must be stored apart from all other goods in a separate room, safe, cupboard, or drawer that is securely fixed to the premises and kept locked when not in immediate use.

LOSS

When a Controlled (Schedule 8) Medicine is lost or the veterinary surgeon suspects that the substance has been lost the veterinary practitioner must tell the ACT chief health officer, in writing, about the loss or suspected loss and how it happened as soon as practicable (but not later than 7 days) after the day the veterinary surgeon becomes aware of the loss or suspected loss.

THEFT

When a Controlled (Schedule 8) Medicine is stolen or the veterinary surgeon suspects that the substance has been stolen, the veterinary surgeon must tell the chief health officer and a police officer about the theft or suspected theft

  • Orally immediately after the person becomes aware of the theft or suspected theft.
  • In writing not later than 24 hours after the person becomes aware of the theft or suspected theft.
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