HC Deb 19 April 1995 vol 258 cc216-7W
Mr. McMaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to introduce photo-identity passes for registered drug users to ensure that they cannot attend more than one drug-prescribing centre to obtain drug supplies; if he will consider introducing legislation so that all registered drug users are required to register exclusively with the health board in whose area they reside and that this health board maintain a photo-identity record of the registered user; if he will consider supplementing this legislation with a requirement that anyone seeking to register as a drug user must do so through his or her local health board and must specify a single prescribing centre to attend; if he will, in addition, legislate to ensure that anyone seeking to register as a drug user must be referred back to his or her local health board; if he will ensure that cross-referencing within and between each health board is encouraged and funded; and if he will make a statement. [19008]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The arrangement recommended in the British National Formulary, and followed by many medical practices, is that registered addicts, before obtaining supplies of certain controlled drugs, should name the pharmacy where they will have their prescription dispensed. The prescription is then sent direct to that pharmacy by the medical practice. There are no plans at present to introduce photo-identity passes.