Section 16 Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 | Obtaining Prescriptions by False Representation


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Section 16 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 is Obtaining Prescriptions by False Representation and is extracted below.

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16 Obtaining etc prescription by false representation

A person:

(a) who knowingly by any false representation (whether verbal, or in writing, or by conduct):
(i) obtains from a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, midwife practitioner or veterinary practitioner a prescription including a prohibited drug, or
(ii) induces a pharmacist to dispense a forged or fraudulently altered prescription obtained in contravention of this paragraph knowing it to be forged or so altered or obtained, or
(b) who is in actual possession of a forged or fraudulently altered prescription including a prohibited drug or a prescription obtained in contravention of paragraph (a), knowing it to be forged or so altered or so obtained,
is guilty of an offence.

The penalty is a fine of 20 penalty units or imprisonment for a term of 2 years, or both.