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What are drugs and poisons?

Introduction

Drugs and poisons controlled under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006 (available on the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website) are defined under the Act as being in the Poisons Code or in the Commonwealth Standard (Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons, Schedule 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 Poisons).

Only these defined substances are controlled. They include:

In partnership with manufacturers, distributors, health professionals and the public, the Department of Health encourages the proper use of drugs and poisons.

How does the Department of Health protect public health?

Controls are set down in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act and in the Regulations 2006. Under these laws, the Department:

Further information

Contact the Department of Health, Drugs and Poisons Regulation on 1300 364 545 for information about: