Controlled Drugs & Medicine Cabinets

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What is the difference between a Controlled drugs cabinet and a medicine cabinet?

A controlled drugs cabinet is a specially designed cabinet for storing controlled drugs. It must meet certain standards of security and construction, as set out in the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973. A medicine cabinet is a less secure type of cabinet, and is not intended for storing controlled drugs.

The main differences between controlled drugs cabinets and medicine cabinets are:

  • Controlled drugs cabinets must be made from strong, secure materials, such as steel or concrete.
  • They must have at least two locks, and the keys must be kept separately.
  • They must be bolted to the wall or floor, to prevent them from being stolen.
  • They must be kept in a safe place, away from children and unauthorized personnel.
  • Medicine cabinets do not need to meet these same standards of security and construction.

Controlled drugs cabinets are essential for storing controlled drugs safely and securely. They help to prevent the drugs from being stolen or misused, and they ensure that they are available to those who need them.

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