Section 18 Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 | Obtaining Prohibited Drug from Doctors etc


Section 18 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 is Obtaining Prohibited Drug from Doctors etc and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

18 Obtaining prohibited drugs from medical practitioners, nurse practitioners or midwife practitioners

(1) A person who, by any representation (whether verbal, or in writing, or by conduct), obtains or attempts to obtain:
(a) a prohibited drug, or
(b) a prescription that includes a prohibited drug,
from an authorised person without previously informing the authorised person of the quantity of that or any other prohibited drug or prohibited drugs for which the person has obtained prescriptions from authorised persons within the period of 2 months immediately preceding the time of the representation, where the failure or refusal to inform the authorised person is made with intent to deceive the authorised person, is guilty of an offence.

(2) In this section:”authorised person” means a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner or midwife practitioner.

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