Legal Issues In Uk

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by medicine man, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. medicine man

    medicine man Monkey

    Somebody asked me recently about the legality of non-medics carrying and administering injectable medicine in the Uk.

    It is not illegal to possess any Prescription only Medication (POM) unless it is a controlled drug which applies to strong opiate pain killers, street recreational drugs, tranquilizers and some steriods. (See Misuse of drugs act 1971 and 2001)

    However getting them in the first place is far more strictly controlled.

    It is illeagal to administer most injectable drugs unless you are a medic, however there are some useful exceptions.

    A non medic can only give Prescription only Medicices(POM) drugs in article 7 of the POMS (Human Use) act which covers all the following,

    Adrenaline Injection 1 in 1000 (1 mg in 1 ml)
    (Anaphylaxis and Severe Asthma)

    Atropine Sulphate Injection
    (organophosphate poisoning, Nerve Agents and Slow Heartbeats)

    Chlorphenamine Injection
    (antihistamine, Allergies, anaphylaxis)

    Glucagon Injection
    Glucose Injection 50%
    (Hypogycaemia in Diabetes)

    Hydrocortisone Injection

    Naloxone Hydrochloride
    (Heroin or morphine overdose)

    Promethazine Hydrochloride Injection (antihistamine, Allergies, anaphylaxis)

    Snake Venom Antiserum

    The Following at Nerve Agent Antidotes
    Atropine sulphate and obidoxime chloride injection
    Atropine sulphate and pralidoxime chloride injection
    Atropine sulphate, pralidoxime mesilate and avizafone injection
    Pralidoxime chloride injection
    Pralidoxime mesilate injection
    Sterile Pralidoxime

    The Following at Cyanide Antidotes
    Dicobalt Edetate Injection
    Sodium Nitrite Injection
    Sodium Thiosulphate Injection
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