27/05/1971~1971 c. 38
The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was proclaimed into force in two stages: On 1 Feb 1972 via S.I. 1971/2120 and on 1 Jul 1973 via S.I. 1973/795.
The misuse of drugs act 1971
This Order brings into force Sections 1, 32, 35, 37, 38, 40 and Schedule 1 of The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 on 1 Feb 1972.
This Order brings into operation, with effect from 1st July 1973 those provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 which are not already in force
16/07/1985~1985 c. 39
An Act to increase the penalties for certain offences relating to controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1985
08/07/1986~1986 c. 32
An Act to make provision for the recovery of the proceeds of drug trafficking and other provision in connection with drug trafficking, to make provision about the supply of articles which may be used or adapted for use in the administration of controlled drugs or used to prepare a controlled drug for administration and to increase the number of assistant commissioners of police for the metropolis.
Subutex is a prescribed drug in the UK today
03/11/1994~1994 c. 37
An Act to consolidate the Drug Trafficking Offences Act 1986 and certain provisions of the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990 relating to drug trafficking.
Propylhexedrine sold as a Nasal Decongestant in the UK today
The Anabolic Steroid Oxymetholone
Section 7(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 requires regulations to be made to allow the use for medical purposes of the drugs which are subject to control under the Act. Section 7(3) does not however apply to any drug which is designated by order under section 7(4) as a drug to which section 7(4) is to apply. This Order, which revokes and replaces the Misuse of Drugs (Designation) Order 1986 (as amended), designates for this purpose the drugs specified in Part I of the Schedule to the Order. It diVers from the previous Order by the addition, in paragraph 1(c) of Part I of the Schedule, of thirty-five substances which are all phenethylamine derivatives and which became subject to control under the Act by virtue of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3932). Part II of the Schedule specifies certain compounds which are excepted from paragraph 1(e) and (f) of Part I and are therefore not designated by this Order.
These Regulations revoke and re-enact, with amendments, the provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1985, as amended. They provide certain exemptions from the provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 which, subject to such regulations, prohibit the production, importation, exportation, possession and supply of controlled drugs, which are specified in Schedule 2 to that Act. The Regulations also make provision in relation to prescriptions, records and the furnishing of information concerning controlled drugs and for the supervision of the destruction of such drugs.
Two changes of substance are made by the Regulations. One is the addition of thirty-five phenethylamine derivatives which are made subject to control under the Act of 1971 by virtue of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Modification) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/3932) to Schedule 1 and one such derivative to Schedule 2. The other change is that the 33 benzodiazepines and 8 other substances formerly in Schedule 4 Part II are now in Part I of that Schedule. They are no longer exempt from the prohibition on importation and exportation or from the prohibition on possession when in the form of a medicinal product. The 54 anabolic substances formerly in Schedule 4 Part I are now in Part II of that Schedule. There are no changes to the controls which currently apply to these substances.
These Regulations amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (“the 2001 Regulations”). Regulations 2 amend regulations 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 to allow extended formulary nurse prescribers, registered nurses and persons authorised under patient group directions to prescribe, supply, possess and administer specified controlled drugs in certain circumstances only. The Schedule to these Regulations, inserts a new Schedule 8, into the 2001 Regulations which details the persons who may supply or administer specified controlled drugs under a patient group direction. Regulation 2 inserts further definitions into the 2001 Regulations which are consequential upon the amendments made.
Cannabis Resin also known as "hash" "poobar" "soapbar" "squidgy black"
Magic Mushrooms dried and prepared for use
18/07/2005~2005 c. 17
An Act to make provision in connection with controlled drugs and for the making of orders to supplement anti-social behaviour orders in cases where behaviour is affected by drug misuse or other prescribed factors.
This Order brings into force provisions of the Drugs Act 2005. The provisions specified in article 2(2) are brought into force on 1st September 2005.
Regulations 2 to 13 of these Regulations amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (the 2001 Regulations). Regulation 3 amends the definition of extended formulary nurse prescriber (EFNPs) and the definition of register. Regulation 4 inserts a new regulation 6A(1)(f) into the 2001 Regulations, enabling certain persons to supply ascorbic acid for the purpose of administering or preparing controlled drugs. Regulation 5 inserts a new regulation 6B into the 2001 Regulations and specifies which controlled drugs EFNPs can prescribe in which circumstances. Regulation 6 substitutes new regulation 7(4) and (5) into the 2001 Regulations and provides that EFNPs can administer, and persons can administer in accordance with the directions of an EFNP, any drug which EFNPs are permitted to prescribe under new Regulation 6B of the 2001 Regulations so long as it is administered for a purpose for which it may be prescribed under that Regulation. Regulations 7 and 8 substitute new regulations 8(7) and 9(7) into the 2001 Regulations and specify which controlled drugs EFNPs can supply in which circumstances. Regulation 9 amends regulation 15 of the 2001 Regulations to enable prescriptions to be written in any form, including typing, printing and any other mode of reproducing words in a visible form, with only the signature necessarily being handwritten. Regulation 10 amends regulation 20 of the 2001 Regulations to provide that registers can be kept in a computerised form which is in accordance with specified best practice guidance. Regulation 11 inserts a new regulation 24A into the 2001 Regulations to provides that records may be preserved in a computerised form which is in accordance with specified best practice guidance. Regulation 12 amends regulation 26 of the 2001 Regulations to enable the Secretary of State or an authorised person to request that a register which is kept in computerised form be produced by sending a copy of it in computerised form to the appropriate person. Regulation 13 revokes paragraph 2 of Schedule 5 to the 2001 Regulations, removing any preparation of cocaine containing not more than 0.1% of cocaine from the exception from the prohibition on importation, exportation and possession. Regulation 14 makes a consequential amendment to the Misuse of Drugs (Supply to Addicts) Regulations 1997.
This Order brings into force provisions of the Drugs Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”). The provisions specified in article 2(1) are brought into force on 1st December 2005. The provisions in article 2(2) are brought into force on 1st December 2005 in so far as they relate to an initial assessment required under section 9 of that Act. The provisions specified in article 3 are brought into force on 1st January 2006. The power to test for specified Class A drugs under section 7 of the 2005 Act and the power to require a person to attend an initial assessment under section 9 of the 2005 Act can be exercised only where the relevant chief officer has been notified by the Secretary of State that arrangements for the taking of those samples during police detention or for conducting initial assessments, as the case may be, have been made for the police area as a whole, or for the particular police station, in which the person is in police detention and the notice has not been withdrawn. Section 7(13) of the 2005 Act specifies cases in which this notification is deemed to have been given for the purposes of that section.
Pharmaceutical grade Ketamine, used in human and veterinary medicine
This Order brings section 20 of the Drugs Act 2005 into force on 1st October 2006.
This Order brings into force provisions in the Drugs Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”). The provisions specified in Article 2(1) are brought into force on 1st April 2007 and the provisions specified in Article 2(2) are brought into force on the same date to the extent they are not already in force. Section 10 of the 2005 Act introduces a requirement on a police officer to require a person from whom a sample has been taken under section 63B of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984(a) which reveals that a specified Class A drug may be present in that person’s body, and whom he requires to attend an initial assessment, to also attend a follow-up assessment. This requirement does not apply unless the relevant chief officer has been notified by the Secretary of State that arrangements for conducting follow-up assessments have been made at the police station in which the person is detained, and the notice has not been withdrawn.
Misuse Of Drugs And Misuse Of Drugs (Safe Custody) (Amendment) Regulations 2007
The Controlled Drugs (Drug Precursors)(Intra-Community Trade) Regulations 2008.
The Controlled Drugs (Drug Precursors)(Community External Trade) Regulations 2008.
The Anabolic Steroid Boldernone
"Legal High" Packet Containing Mephedrone
The Home Office bans the importation of Desoxypipradrol as advised by the ACMD in Desoxypipradrol (2-DPMP) advice.
The chemical structure of O-desoxypipradrol
The Home Office bans the importation of Phenazepam as advised by the ACMD.
15/09/2011~2011 c. 13
This Act amends the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 by granting the Secretary of State the power to make a temporary class drug order specifying any substance or product as a drug subject to temporary control of 12 months.
This Order brings schedule 17 (temporary class drug orders) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 into force on 15 Nov 2011.
The Home Office bans the importation of Diphenylprolinol (D2PM) and Diphenylmethylpyrrolidine as advised by the ACMD.
05/04/2012~S.I. 2012/980 ~ TDCO
"Legal High" Packet Containing Phenazepam
"Legal High" Packet Containing Methoxetamine
"Legal High" Packet Containing 6 APB
An NBOMe compound sold on tabs, similar to how LSD is sold on the street
Khat prepared to be sold and chewed
These Regulations amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to allow for the provision of aluminium foil by persons employed or engaged in the lawful provision of drug treatment services. Such provision is permitted as part of structured steps to bring individuals into treatment or as part of such treatment. Without this amendment, the provision of foil to drug users would be an offence under section 9A Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Aluminium foil used to smoke heroin
24/10/2014~2014 No. 2868
The Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014, Made: 24th October 2014, Came into force: 2nd March 2015
Roadside drug tests used across the UK
LSZ sold on tabs, similar to how LSD is sold on the street
"Legal High" Packet Containing 4, 4'-DMAR
"Legal High" Packet Containing Ethylphenidate
The proposed regulations for a ban on all imports, and supply of any substance that can produce a psychoactive effect with the following exemptions: alcohol, nicotine products, caffeine and food
Various "Legal Highs" and their packaging
A change in the human medicines regulations allowing drug and alcohol agencies to supply or administer naloxone to patients in defined clinical situations without the need for a prescription
Methiopropamine legal high packet
Legislation banning the supply and importation of any substance that creates a psychoactive effect due to come in to force on the 6th of April has been delayed as it is deemed "unenforceable"
Psychoactive Substances Act 2016
Legislation banning the supply and importation of any substance that creates a psychoactive effect comes in to force across the UK (with no changes made since the delay in march)
Psychoactive Substances Act 2016
"Legal High" Packet Containing Etizolam
Viagra (sildenafil) is reclassified from a “prescription only medicine” to an “over the counter medicine”
Mrs Caldwell & Billy (image: Phil Harris/Daily Mirror)
01/11/2018 ~S.I. 2018/1055
Cannabis available on prescription in the UK