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yes dihydrocodeine is a class b drug under the misuse of drugs act 1971 but in the misuse of drugs regulations 2001 it is listed in schedule 2. because I'm a detention officer with the police we cannot give schedule to drugs to prisoners. so i refused to do this. my mp wrote to the home office and they tell me its a schedule 5 under the misuse of drugs regulations and there fore i can give it. what i don't understand is if it is listed as a class b in mda and a schedule 2 mdr how can it then but schedule 5 mdr which refers to over the counter meds
still can't get my head round it here is a an extact from a government policy from the mar
sorry to give you a hard time
what is says in pace codes of practice c 9.10 that we can supervise the self administration of schedules 4 & 5 but not 2 & 3. my argument with the force is dihydrocodeine is listed in the mda as a class b with can be 5yrs in prison for supply. it is also listed in schedule 2 and also makes reference to the salts of any of the substances. i had my mp take this to the home secretary and her legal advice was dihydrocodeine tartrate it is a schedule 5. the dictionary describes tartrate as salt of a substance !. in my mind schedule 5 refers to weaker preparations containing dhc, one such substance is parasol. i also know to be sold over the counter the content of dhc has to be no more than 7.6mgs.
i have also researched 30mg dihydrocodeine and i have found that 30mg tablets are pure dihydrocodeine. so as you can see every thing i read and research gets contradicted by the powers that be. so i don't know where i am breaking the law or not!