HC Deb 20 July 1959 vol 609 cc853-4
43. Mr. Grimond

asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to stop or discourage the production of drugs in gay and attractive bottles and capsules likely to make children think they are sweets.

Mr. R. Thompson

I do not think this would be either practicable or effective. The right solution is for all drugs to be kept out of the reach of children.

Mr. Grimond

Is the Minister aware that several doctors have pointed out to me that they do receive drugs which are clearly got up in such a way that children could mistake them for sweets and that that may have serious results? Can he not give some publicity to this and to those who produce drugs in this form?

Mr. Thompson

I think that what the hon. Gentleman has said today will go some way towards meeting the publicity point, but I do not know of any drug bottles which are made to look particularly attractive.

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