Support Use of Medication in Social Care Setting8 Essay

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Unit 4222-331: Support use of medication in social care settings 1. Understand the legislative that governs the use of medication in social care settings * 1.1 Legislation that governs the use of medication in the social care setting includes: The Medicines Act 1968 - This Act brought about the concept of different types of drugs based upon their potential for harm if misused, or the harm of the condition for which they are used to treat. The three types of medication are: ‘Prescription Only Medications’ which can only be dispense from a pharmacy with a prescription signed by a doctor; ‘Pharmacy Only Medications’ which can be dispensed by a pharmacist without a prescription; and the ‘General Sales List’ which can be purchased in any stockists without any medical professional involvement. The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (and further amendments) – This Act consolidated the commitments made by the UK after signing various international treaties such as The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961) which covered older drugs such as Cocaine, Opium (and its derivatives), and Cannabis; The Convention on Psychotropic Substances (1971) which covered the many new drugs that had become available during the 1960’s such as barbiturates, benzodiazepines, psychedelics (such as Lysergic Acid Diethylamide), and new forms of amphetamine. The Act works by introducing three classes (and, later, a fourth in 2012) of substance that are illegal to possess or supply without proper medical authorisation (a prescription, or a licence for research or manufacture purposes). Under The Act, supply (whether for financial gain or not), always carries the heavier penalties. The classes are: Class A – The most serious category with the most serious penalties. Drugs including cocaine, many opiates/opioids (such as Heroin, Morphine, and Methadone), Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine

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