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The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Amendment of regulation 8

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4.  In regulation 8 (production and supply of drugs in Schedules 2 and 5)—

(a)for paragraph (8)(b) substitute—

(b)a registered nurse or a person specified in Schedule 8 may, when acting in their capacity as such, supply or offer to supply, under and in accordance with the terms of a patient group direction, any drug specified in Schedule 5 or ketamine to any person who may lawfully have that drug in his possession, except that this paragraph shall not have effect in the case of ketamine or any preparation of ketamine which is designed for administration by injection and which is to be used for the purpose of treating a person who is addicted to a drug;; and

(b)after paragraph (8)(b) insert—

(9) For the purposes of paragraph (8)(b) above, a person shall be regarded as being addicted to a drug if, and only if, he has as a result of repeated administration become so dependent upon the drug that he has an overpowering desire for the administration of it to be continued..

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