Misuse of Drugs Act 1977


Number 12 of 1977


MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT 1977

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2018


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), enacted 24 May 2018, and all statutory instruments up to and including Data Protection Act 2018 (Establishment Day) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 175 of 2018), made 24 May 2018, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

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Number 12 of 1977


MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT 1977

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2018


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Related legislation

Health Acts 1947 to 2015 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Health (General Practitioner Service) Act 2015 (19/2015), s. 4(2)). The Acts in this group are:

Health Act 1947 (28/1947)

Health Act 1953 (26/1953) (citation only)

Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960 (46/1960) (citation only)

Health Act 1970 (1/1970)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977), ss. 36 and 42 (in so far as it amends the Health Acts 1947 to 1970) (citation only)

Health (Family Planning) Act 1979 (20/1979)

Health (Amendment) Act 1986 (10/1986)

Health (Amendment) Act 1987 (3/1987)

Health (Nursing Homes) Act 1990 (23/1990)

Health (Amendment) Act 1991 (15/1991), other than s. 8

Health (Amendment) Act 1994 (11/1994)

Health (Amendment) Act 1996 (15/1996)

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1996 (23/1996)

Health (Amendment) (No. 3) Act 1996 (32/1996), other than ss. 21 and 22

Health (Provision of Information) Act 1997 (9/1997)

Health (Eastern Regional Health Authority) Act 1999 (13/1999)

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2001 (14/2001), except in so far as it relates to the Tobacco (Health Promotion and Protection) Act 1988 (citation only)

Health Act 2004 (42/2004)

Health (Amendment) Act 2005 (3/2005), in so far as it amends the Health Acts 1947 to 2004

Irish Medicines Board (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 (3/2006), Part 5

Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006 (17/2006)

Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal (Amendment) Act 2006 (22/2006), s. 6

Health (Nursing Homes) (Amendment) Act 2007 (1/2007)

Health Act 2007 (23/2007)

Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007), s. 57(9) (citation only)

Health Act 2008 (21/2008)

Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 (25/2009), s. 64

Health (Amendment) Act 2010 (15/2010) (citation only)

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2010 (20/2010)

Child Care (Amendment) Act 2011 (19/2011), ss. 35 and 36 (citation only)

Health (Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Act 2013 (10/2013)

Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013 (14/2013), s. 30 (citation only)

Health Service Executive (Governance) Act 2013 (23/2013)

Health (Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) (No. 2) Act 2013 (42/2013) (citation only)

Local Government Reform Act (1/2014), ss. 1(14) and 5(6) (in so far as it amends the Health (Fluoridation of Water Supplies) Act 1960) and sch. 2 part 6

Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Act 2014 (17/2014)

Health (General Practitioner Service) Act 2014 (28/2014)

Health (General Practitioner Service) Act 2015 (19/2015)

Acts previously included in the group but now repealed are:

Health Act 1954 (23/1954)

Health and Mental Treatment Act 1957 (16/1957), s. 1

Health and Mental Treatment (Amendment) Act 1958 (37/1958), s.1

Health (Homes For Incapacitated Persons) Act 1964 (8/1964)

Health and Mental Treatment (Amendment) Act 1966 (2/1966), s. 1

Health (Mental Services) Act 1981 (17/1981)

Health (Family Planning) (Amendment) Act 1985 (4/1985)

Health (Amendment) Act 2004 (19/2004)

Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2017 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Act 2017 (7/2017), s. 13(2)). The Acts in this group are:

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1984 (18/1984)

Criminal Justice Act 1999 (10/1999), Part II

Irish Medicines Board (Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2006 (3/2006), Part 2

Criminal Justice Act 2006 (26/2006), ss. 80-85

Criminal Justice Act 2007 (29/2007), s. 33

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 (6/2015)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Act 2016 (9/2016)

Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Act 2017 (7/2017)

Pharmacopoeia Acts 1931 and 1977 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977), s. 43(4)). The Acts in this group are:

Pharmacopoeia Act 1931 (22/1931)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977), ss. 35 and 42 (in so far as s. 42 amends the Pharmacopoeia Act 1931)

Poisons Acts 1961 and 1977 : this Act is one of a group of Acts included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977), s. 43(6)). The Acts in this group are:

Poisons Act 1961 (12/1961)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977), s. 33

Pharmacy Acts 1875 to 1977 : this Act is one of a group of Acts previously included in this collective citation, to be construed together as one ( Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (12/1977), s. 43(3)). The substantive provision of this Act (s. 32) as well as legislation amended by provisions of this Act included in the collective citation (s. 34) were repealed (29.11.2008) by Pharmacy Act 2007 (20/2007), s. 4 and sch. 4, S.I. No. 487 of 2008.

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

An explanation of how to read annotations is available at

www.lawreform.ie/annotations.

Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

Where legislation or a fragment of legislation is referred to in annotations, changes to this legislation or fragment may not be reflected in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the legislation referred to if one is available.

A list of legislative changes to any Act, and to statutory instruments from 1986, may be found linked from the page of the Act or statutory instrument at

www.irishstatutebook.ie.

Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018)

Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Act 2017 (7/2017)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Act 2016 (9/2016)

Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 (4/2016)

Misuse Of Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 (6/2015)

Criminal Justice (Search Warrants) Act 2012 (33/2012)

Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 (41/2011)

Criminal Procedure Act 2010 (27/2010)

Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010 (22/2010)

Fines Act 2010 (8/2010)

Criminal Justice Act 2007 (29/2007)

Medical Practitioners Act 2007 (25/2007)

Pharmacy Act 2007 (20/2007)

Criminal Justice Act 2006 (26/2006)

Irish Medicines Board (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 (3/2006)

Health Act (42/2004)

Euro Changeover (Amounts) Act 2001 (16/2001)

Criminal Justice Act 1999 (10/1999)

Licensing (Combating Drug Abuse) Act 1997 (33/1997)

Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 (29/1996)

Irish Medicines Board Act 1995 (29/1995)

Criminal Justice Act 1994 (15/1994)

Customs and Excise (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1988 (10/1988)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1984 (18/1984)

Postal and Telecommunications Services Act 1983 (24/1983)

Transport Act 1950 (12/1950)

All Acts up to and including Data Protection Act 2018 (7/2018), enacted 24 May 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

European Union (Freezing and Confiscation of Instrumentalities and Proceeds of Crime) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 540 of 2017)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (Amendment) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 533 of 2017)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 532 of 2017)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 531 of 2017)

Misuse of Drugs (Supervision of Prescription and Supply of Methadone and Medicinal Products containing Buprenorphine authorised for Opioid Substitution Treatment) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 522 of 2017)

Misuse of Drugs (Exemption) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 175 of 2017)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) Order 2017 (S.I. No. 174 of 2017)

Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 173 of 2017)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 584 of 2014)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 583 of 2014)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 571 of 2014)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (Amendment) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 324 of 2014)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 323 of 2014)

Misuse of Drugs (Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 544 of 2012)

Misuse of Drugs (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 554 of 2011)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (Amendment) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 553 of 2011)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 552 of 2011)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 551 of 2011)

Finance (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2011 (S.I. No. 418 of 2011)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 607 of 2010)

Misuse of Drugs (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 202 of 2010)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) (Amendment) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 201 of 2010)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 200 of 2010)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 199 of 2010)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 122 of 2009)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration) Order 2009 (S.I. No. 121 of 2009)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 63 of 2009)

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Fees) Rules 2008 (S.I. No. 496 of 2008)

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (Education and Training) Rules 2008 (S.I. No. 493 of 2008)

Medicinal Products (Control of Advertising) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 541 of 2007)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 200 of 2007)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 55 of 2006)

Misuse of Drugs (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 54 of 2006)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 53 of 2006)

Misuse of Drugs (Scheduled Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2004 (S.I. No. 92 of 2004)

Misuse of Drugs (Scheduled Substances) (Exemption) Order 2004 (S.I. No. 91 of 2004)

Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration No. 4) Order 2004 (S.I. No. 78 of 2004)

Misuse of Drugs (Scheduled Substances) (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 169 of 2003)

Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration No 3) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 43 of 2003)

Misuse of Drugs (Scheduled Substances) (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 42 of 2003)

Misuse of Drugs (Scheduled Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 41 of 2003)

Customs-free Airport (Extension of Laws) Regulations 2000 (S.I. No. 169 of 2000)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment No. 1) Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 273 of 1999)

Misuse of Drugs (Supervision of Prescription and Supply of Methadone) Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 225 of 1998)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) Order 1998 (S.I. No. 69 of 1998)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 1993 (S.I. No. 342 of 1993)

Misuse of Drugs (Scheduled Substances) (Exemption) Order 1993 (S.I. No. 341 of 1993)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) Order 1993 (S.I. No. 340 of 1993)

Misuse of Drugs (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 1993 (S.I. No. 339 of 1993)

Misuse of Drugs (Scheduled Substances) Regulations 1993 (S.I. No. 338 of 1993)

Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration) Order 1993 (S.I. No. 328 of 1993)

Medical Preparations (Advertising) Regulations 1993 (S.I. No. 76 of 1993)

European Communities (Merchandise Road Transport) Regulations 1991 (S.I. No. 60 of 1991)

European Communities (Road Passenger Transport) Regulations 1991 (S.I. No. 59 of 1991)

Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1988 (S.I. No. 328 of 1988)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) Order 1988 (S.I. No. 327 of 1988)

Misuse of Drugs (Exemption) Order 1988 (S.I. No. 326 of 1988)

European Communities (Merchandise and Road Transport) Regulations 1988 (S.I. No. 180 of 1988)

Misuse of Drugs (Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1988 (S.I. No. 11 of 1988)

Misuse of Drugs (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 1987 (S.I. No. 264 of 1987)

Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Regulations 1987 (S.I. No. 263 of 1987)

Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 (Controlled Drugs) (Declaration) Order 1987 (S.I. No. 251 of 1987)

European Communities (Recognition of Qualifications in Pharmacy) Regulations 1987 (S.I. No. 239 of 1987)

Misuse of Drugs (Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1986 (S.I. No. 172 of 1986)

Misuse of Drugs (Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1985 (S.I. No. 29 of 1985)

Misuse of Drugs (Committees of Inquiry) Regulations 1984 (S.I. No. 264 of 1984)

Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1982 (S.I. No. 321 of 1982)

European Communities (Recognition of Dental Qualifications) Regulations 1980 (S.I. No. 90 of 1980)

Misuse of Drugs (Custodial Treatment Centre) Order 1980 (S.I. No. 30 of 1980)

Misuse of Drugs (Licence Fees) Regulations 1979 (S.I. No. 164 of 1979)

Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1979 (S.I. No. 32 of 1979)

Misuse of Drugs (Committees of Inquiry, Advisory Committees and Advisory Panels) Regulations 1979 (S.I. No. 31 of 1979)

Misuse of Drugs (Designation) Order 1979 (S.I. No. 30 of 1979)

Misuse of Drugs (Exemption) Order 1979 (S.I. No. 29 of 1979)

Misuse of Drugs Act, 1977 (Commencement) Order 1979 (S.I. No. 28 of 1979)

All statutory instruments up to and including Data Protection Act 2018 (Establishment Day) Order 2018 (S.I. No. 175 of 2018), made 24 May 2018, were considered in the preparation of this revision.


Number 12 of 1977


MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT 1977

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2018


ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

Section

1.

Interpretation.

2.

Controlled drugs.

3.

Restriction on possession of controlled drugs.

4.

Regulations permitting possession of controlled drugs.

5.

Regulations to prevent misuse of controlled drugs.

6.

Directions prohibiting prescribing, supply etc. of controlled drugs by practitioners or pharmacists convicted of offences.

7.

Special directions prohibiting prescribing etc. of controlled drug in certain cases.

8.

Investigation of cases where Minister considers there are grounds for special direction.

9.

Prohibition of prescribing etc. in cases of urgency.

10.

Investigation on initiative of Dental Board, Medical Registration Council or Veterinary Council. (repealed)

11.

Appeals.

12.

Regulations (committees and panels).

13.

Additional powers in relation to certain controlled drugs.

14.

Licences etc.

15.

Possession of controlled drugs for unlawful sale or supply.

15A.

Offence relating to possession of drugs with value of €13,000 or more.

15B.

Importation of controlled drugs in excess of certain value.

15C.

Supply of controlled drugs into prisons and places of detention.

16.

Prohibition of certain activities etc. relating to opium.

17.

Prohibition of cultivation of opium poppy or cannabis plant.

18.

Forged or fraudulently altered prescriptions.

19.

Occupiers etc. permitting certain activities to take place on land, vehicle or vessel to be guilty of an offence.

20.

Offences relating to acts outside the State.

21.

Attempts etc. and miscellaneous other offences.

22.

Onus of proof.

23.

Power of Garda Síochána to search persons, vehicles, vessels or aircraft.

24.

Powers to inspect and demand production of drugs, books or documents.

25.

Power of arrest.

26.

Search warrants.

27.

Penalties.

28.

Power of court to remand persons convicted under section 3, 15, 16, 17 or 18 and to obtain a report and in certain cases to arrange for the medical treatment or for the care of such persons.

29.

Defences generally.

30.

Forfeiture.

31.

Offences in relation to bodies corporate.

32.

Poisons for purposes of Pharmacy Acts, 1875 to 1962.

33.

Amendment of Poisons Act, 1961.

34.

Amendment of section 2 of Pharmacy Act, 1962.

35.

Amendment of Pharmacopoeia Act, 1931.

36.

Amendment of section 65 of Health Act, 1947.

37.

Service etc. of notices.

38.

Regulations generally; laying of orders.

39.

Expenses.

40.

Collection and disposal of moneys payable under Act.

41.

Repeal of Dangerous Drugs Act, 1934, and transitional provision.

42.

Miscellaneous repeals and transitional provisions.

43.

Short title, commencement and collective citations.

SCHEDULE

Acts Referred to

Dentists Act, 1928

1928, No. 25

Pharmacy Act, 1951

1951, No. 30

Amendment Act, 1890

1890, c. 48

Medical Practitioners Act, 1927

1927, No. 25

Pharmacy Act (Ireland), 1875

1875, c. 57

Veterinary Surgeons Act, 1931

1931, No. 36

Poisons Act, 1961

1961, No. 12

Pharmacy Act, 1962

1962, No. 14

Pharmacopoeia Act, 1931

1931, No. 22

Health Act, 1947

1947, No. 28

Health Act, 1953

1953, No. 26

Health Act, 1970

1970, No. 1

Companies Act, 1963

1963, No. 33

Public Offices Fees Act, 1879

1879, c. 58

Dangerous Drugs Act, 1934

1934, No. 1


Number 12 of 1977


MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT 1977

REVISED

Updated to 25 May 2018


AN ACT TO PREVENT THE MISUSE OF CERTAIN DANGEROUS OR OTHERWISE HARMFUL DRUGS, TO ENABLE THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH TO MAKE FOR THAT PURPOSE CERTAIN REGULATIONS IN RELATION TO SUCH DRUGS, TO ENABLE THAT MINISTER TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN SUBSTANCES SHALL BE POISONS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE PHARMACY ACTS, 1875 TO 1962, TO AMEND THE PHARMACOPOEIA ACT, 1931, THE POISONS ACT, 1961, THE PHARMACY ACT, 1962, AND THE HEALTH ACTS, 1947 TO 1970, TO REPEAL THE DANGEROUS DRUGS ACT, 1934, AND SECTION 78 OF THE HEALTH ACT, 1970, AND TO MAKE CERTAIN OTHER PROVISIONS IN RELATION TO THE FOREGOING. [16 th May, 1977]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Annotations:

Modifications (not altering text):

C1

Functions in relation to Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984 transferred and specified bodies dissolved (1.01.2005) by Health Act 2004 (42/2004), ss. 58, 59 and sch. 3 item 40, commenced as per ss. 58 and 59 on coming into force of Health Act 2004 (Establishment Day) Order 2004 (S.I. No. 885 of 2004).

Dissolution of health boards and other specified bodies.

58.—The specified bodies are, by this Act, dissolved on the establishment day.

Transfer of functions of specified bodies to Executive.

59.—(1) The functions that, immediately before the establishment day, were the functions of a specified body under or in connection with the enactments referred to in Schedule 3 are, by this Act, transferred to the Executive on that day.

(2) If a provision of an enactment referred to in Schedule 3 , or a provision of an instrument made under such enactment, does not come into effect until on or after the establishment day, a function that on the passing of that enactment or the making of that instrument was assigned under or in connection with that provision to a specified body is, by this Act, transferred to the Executive on the commencement of that provision.

(3) The functions transferred by this Act to the Executive include the functions specified in any enactment referred to in Schedule 3 as a function of the following:

(a) the chief executive officer of a health board;

(b) the Regional Chief Executive of the Eastern Regional Health Authority;

(c) the area chief executive of an Area Health Board.

...

SCHEDULE THREE

Transfer of Functions and References to Functional Areas

Section 59 and 67.

...

40.—Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984.

...

C2

Application of Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984 extended (15.06.2000) by Customs-free Airport (Extension of Laws) Regulations 2000 (S.I. No. 169 of 2000), reg. 2.

2. The provisions of the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984 (Nos. 12 and 18 of 1977 and 1984 respectively), together with all Orders and Regulations made thereunder and for the time being in force, are hereby extended to the Customs-free Airport at Shannon.

C3

Application of collectively cited Health Acts restricted (7.05.1986) by Health (Amendment) Act 1986 (10/1986), s. 2(1), commenced on enactment. Note: references to health board to be read as references to the Health Service Executive as provided (1.01.2005) by Health Act 2004 (42/2004), s. 66, S.I. No. 887 of 2004.

Charges by health boards for provision of in-patient services and out-patient services in respect of certain injuries caused by mechanically propelled vehicles.

2.—(1) Where—

(a) injury is caused to a person by the negligent use of a mechanically propelled vehicle in a public place, and

(b) in-patient services or out-patient services have been, are being or will be provided by or on behalf of a health board in respect of the injury, and

(c) any one of the following, that is to say, the person aforesaid, his personal representative or dependant, has received, or is entitled to receive damages or compensation in respect of the negligent use aforesaid from the person liable to pay such damages or compensation in respect of that injury, or any loss, damage or expense (or mental distress in the case of a dependant) arising therefrom,

the health board shall, notwithstanding anything in the Health Acts, 1947 to 1985, make a charge upon the person who received or is entitled to receive such damages or compensation in respect of the said in-patient services or out-patient services.

...

Editorial Notes:

E1

Power of Garda Síochána to enter supervised injecting facilities for prevention or detection of offences under collectively cited Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2016 prescribed (30.11.2017) by Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Act 2017 (7/2017), s. 11, S.I. No. 517 of 2017.

E2

Certain offences under Act designated as extended confiscation offences by Criminal Justice Act 1994 (15/1994), s. 3 and sch. 1A part 2, as amended (28.11.2017) by European Union (Freezing and Confiscation of Instrumentalities and Proceeds of Crime) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 540 of 2017), reg. 3.

E3

Offence under Act (other than a first offence under s. 3) designated an excluded offence by National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (47/2012), s. 14A and sch. 3 item 16, as inserted (29.04.2016) by Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 (4/2016), s. 29, S.I. No. 215 of 2016.

E4

Procedure for complaints in relation to irregularities in the custody, prescription or supply of a controlled drug under collectively cited Misuse of Drugs Acts prescribed (2.10.2012) by Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 (41/2011), s. 55, S.I. No. 385 of 2012. Section amended by Health Identifiers Act 2014 (15/2014), s. 39, not commenced as of date of revision.

E5

Procedure for complaints in relation to registered retail pharmacy businesses, where certain persons have been convicted of an offence under Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2006 or Poisons Acts 1961 and 1977 prescribed (1.08.2009) by Pharmacy Act 2007 (20/2007), s. 36(1)(a), S.I. No. 281 of 2009.

E6

Provision for external forfeiture orders in relation to offences under the Act made (15.11.1996) by Criminal Justice Act 1994 (15/1994), s. 47(5)(a), S.I. No. 333 of 1996.

E7

Evidential status of certificates purporting to be signed by an officer of Forensic Science Ireland in proceedings for offences under the Act designated (3.08.1984) by Misuse of Drugs Act 1984 (18/1984), s. 10, S.I. No. 205 of 1984, as substituted (20.11.2015) by Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Act 2014 (11/2014), s. 170, S.I. No. 508 of 2015.

E8

An Post empowered to bring summary prosecutions for offences under Act in relation to any of its functions (13.07.1983) by Postal and Telecommunications Services Act 1983 (24/1983), s. 5(4)(f), commenced on enactment.

E9

Previous affecting provision: application of collectively cited Health Acts 1947 to 2004 restricted by Health Act 1970 (1/1970), s. 53, as amended (11.03.2005) by Health (Amendment) Act 2005 (3/2005), s. 4(a), commenced on enactment, subject to exceptions in subs. (3) as inserted by 3/2005, s. 4(b); repealed (1.01.2017) by Health (Amendment) Act 2013 (31/2013), s. 10, S.I. No. 466 of 2016.

E10

Previous affecting provision: power of examination, seizure and detention in relation to potential evidence regarding suspected offences under Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2007 prescribed (11.05.1988) by Customs and Excise (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1988 (10/1988), s. 2(1)(iii), commenced on enactment, as amended (23.08.2010) by Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2010 (22/2010), s. 22, S.I. No. 401 of 2010; 1988 Act repealed (31.12.2016) by Customs Act 2015 (18/2015), s. 3(1) and sch. 1 part 1 item 44, S.I. No. 611 of 2016.

E11

Previous affecting provision: power to obtain search warrants in relation to potential evidence regarding suspected offences under Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984 prescribed (11.05.1988) by Customs and Excise (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1988 (10/1988), s. 3(3), commenced on enactment; 1988 Act repealed (31.12.2016) by Customs Act 2015 (18/2015), s. 3(1) and sch. 1 part 1 item 44, S.I. No. 611 of 2016.

E12

Previous affecting provision: restriction on certain persons providing pharmaceutical services under Pharmacy Acts 1875 to 1977, Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984 or Poisons Acts 1961 and 1977 imposed by Pharmacy Act (Ireland) 1875 (1875, c. 57), s. 22A(4)(ii), as inserted (30.09.1987) by European Communities (Recognition of Qualifications in Pharmacy) Regulations 1987 (S.I. No. 239 of 1987), reg. 3(b), in effect as per reg. 9; repealed (29.11.2008) by Pharmacy Act 2007 (20/2007), s. 4 and sch. 4, S.I. No. 487 of 2008.

E13

Previous affecting provision: certain nationals of EU member states deemed to be registered dentists for the purposes of the Act (1.04.1980) by European Communities (Recognition of Dental Qualifications) Regulations 1980 (S.I. No. 90 of 1980), reg. 12(a)(ii), in effect as per reg. 2; revoked (14.07.2008) by Recognition of Professional Qualifications of Dentists (Directive 2005/36/EC) Regulations 2008 (S.I. No. 263 of 2008), reg. 15, in effect as per reg. 1(2).