Within the legislative controls around Schedule 8 poisons, a number of drugs have complex requirements. These include opioids, benzodiazepines and psychostimulants. Medical practitioners must ensure that they understand their requirements when prescribing these medications, and that the relevant permits have been obtained. They must also ensure that these medications are used appropriately, to maximise benefit while minimising harm.
Alprazolam permits and prescription guidelines
The high potency and short onset of action of alprazolam make it a preferred medicine for abuse. Medical practitioners might require a permit to prescribe alprazolam.
Zolpidem and Zopiclone
Potential problems with benzodiazepines, zolpidem and zopiclone, and how to avoid them.
Reviewed 30 November 2021