Storage and Use of Drugs of Addiction used in Research
The Storage and Use of Drugs of Addiction used in Research Procedure establishes the actions and responsibilities required for obtaining, possession and use of drugs of addiction (Schedule 8 drugs) and/or prohibited drugs which are used at Macquarie University for research, analysis or instruction.
|To detail the actions and responsibilities required for obtaining, possession and use of drugs of addiction (Schedule 8 drugs) and/or prohibited drugs which are used at Macquarie University for research, analysis or instruction.|
|This procedure requires actions by the following:
Act: Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW)
Authority: documentary evidence from the Pharmaceutical Services, NSW Health that authority has been granted to an individual University staff member/researcher to obtain, possess and use drugs of addiction/ prohibited drugs/prohibited plants for the purpose of research, analysis or instruction.
Drugs of Addiction: Substances appearing in Schedule 8 of the NSW Poisons List.
Prohibited drugs: Substances appearing in Schedule 1 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.Prohibited Plants: Plants appearing in Schedule 1 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.
|Head of Animal Facilities / Head of Laboratory Facilities|
Confirm and file copies of each Authorised Individual’s Authority before allowing an Authorized Individual to use drugs of addiction within animal facilities.
Ensure a Health and Safety risk assessment is conducted for any new drugs of addiction not so assessed.
Facilitate the Health and Safety risk assessment for any drug of addiction/prohibited drug/prohibited plant that has not had such an assessment.Assist in the training of Supervised Individuals to ensure these individuals comply with drug and chemical safety regulation of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW).
Provide a copy of the Authority to the relevant Head of Animal Facilities and/or Head of Laboratory Facilities before taking any drug of addiction/prohibited drug/prohibited plant into the relevant Facility.
Comply with all the requirements of the Authority.
Actively supervise Supervised Individuals to ensure they comply with all requirements for control of the drug of addiction/prohibited drug/prohibited plant. .
Ensure a periodic inventory stock-take of drugs of addiction held under Authority (refer clauses 73 and 118).
Issue any drug of addiction/prohibited drug/prohibited plant only in the physical presence of another Authorised Individual. Note: It is a University requirement that two people be present during the issuing of drugs of addiction, therefore if another Authorised Individual is unavailable, an appropriately trained Supervised Individual is acceptable.
Record the specific quantity of drug issued in the drugs of addiction register and ensures the record is noted by both Individuals, with signature above printed name and MQ staff/student identity number of both individuals.
Maintain a Drug Register
Lost or stolen drug register must, as soon as possible, be reported in writing to the Director-General, NSW Health, detailing the loss or theft and of the circumstances of the loss or destruction. An electronic form is available at http://www0.health.nsw.gov.au/resources/publichealth/pharmaceutical/loststolen_pdf.asp
Make an accurate inventory of any drug of addiction/prohibited drug/prohibited plan held at the premises concerned and enter, in a new drug register, the particulars of the drugs so held (refer clause 119).
Loss or Theft
Undertake the required training as instructed by the Authorised Individual before working with drugs of addiction.
Undertake a Health and Safety risk assessment for the drugs of addiction being used.
Be included on the relevant ARA or relevant research instrument to the appropriate Authority to obtain, possess, and use the drug of addiction/prohibited drug/prohibited plant.
Request drugs of addiction/prohibited drugs/prohibited plants from an Authorised Individual and ensure that two Authorised Individuals are present, or one Authorised Individual and another Supervised Individual are both present when collecting the drug of addiction/prohibited drug/prohibited plant from the safe.
Report any suspected or actual loss or theft of a drug of addiction to an Authorised Individual as soon as possible.Report any suspected or actual loss or destruction of a drug of addiction register to an Authorised Individual as soon as possible.
|Consult the relevant Head of Animal Facilities and/or Head of in-vitro/invertebrate in-vivo Laboratory Facilities for University requirements relating to obtaining, possession, use and disposal of drug of addiction/prohibited drug/prohibited plant.|
|Contact Officer||Manager Health and Safety|
|Date Approved||13 June 2014|
|Approval Authority||Vice-President People and Services, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)|
|Date of Commencement||13 June 2014|
30 March 2020 – Approval Authority updated to Vice-President People and Services, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in accordance with University Delegations of Authority.
9 August 2019 - Updated Approval Authority from Director, Human Resources to Vice-President, University Services and Strategy, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in accordance with responsibilities per Delegations of Authority Register.
|Date for Next Review||June 2017|
|Related Documents||Act 1985 (NSW)|
|Keywords||Schedule 8 Drugs, drugs, Animal Facilities, In-vitro, invertebrate in-vivo Facility, Addiction, Prohibited Drug, Prohibited Plant.|