Misuse of Drugs Act 1977

Prohibition of prescribing etc. in cases of urgency.


F20[9.(1) Where the Minister refers a matter for investigation to a committee of inquiry established under section 8 of this Act, he may give a direction under this section in respect of the respondent prohibiting his prescribing, administering or supplying or authorising the administration or supply of such controlled drugs as may be specified in the direction, and such direction shall come into force on the expiration of the period of seven days beginning on the day on which a copy of the direction is sent by the Minister to the respondent unless, not later than the seventh day following the day on which such copy is so sent, the respondent satisfies the Minister that the direction should not come into force.

(2) In case a copy of a temporary direction is sent by the Minister, the Minister shall at the same time send to the respondent a notice in writing stating that the respondent may, within the time limit specified in subsection (1) of this section, make representations to the Minister stating why the temporary direction should not come into force.

(3) A temporary direction shall remain in force until the expiration of the period of twenty-eight days beginning on the day on which it is given or until the Minister makes a decision under section 8 (5) of this Act as regards the relevant case, whichever first occurs.

(4) The Minister may extend or further extend, in either case for a period not exceeding twenty-eight days, the period during which a particular temporary direction is to remain in force.

(5) Where a temporary direction is given, extended or further extended, the Minister shall, as soon as may be, cause a notice of the temporary direction, its extension or further extension, as may be appropriate, to be published in the Iris Oifigiúil and in such other manner (if any) as the Minister may consider appropriate.]




Substituted (1.10.1984) by Misuse of Drugs Act 1984 (18/1984), s. 4, S.I. No. 205 of 1984.

Editorial Notes:


Previous affecting provision: power pursuant to section exercised (1.05.1979) by Misuse of Drugs (Committees of Inquiry, Advisory Committees and Advisory Panels) Regulations 1979 (S.I. No. 31 of 1979), in effect as per reg. 2; revoked (23.10.1984) by Misuse of Drugs (Committees of Inquiry) Regulations 1984 (S.I. No. 264 of 1984), reg. 8.