Controlled substances legislation

A wide range of medicines and poisons are used in health care, industry, agriculture and at home. These substances can cause harm if you do not use them safely and appropriately. The Controlled Substances Act 1984 and regulations include controls over the manufacture, sale, supply, possession and use of some of these substances (controlled substances). The aim of the controls is to protect public health and safety.

Consultation on the Controlled Substances (Confidentiality and Other Matters) Amendment Bill is now open.

To implement a Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) system in South Australia, the RTPM Project Team in the Drugs of Dependence Unit (DDU) is seeking feedback on changes to the Controlled Substances Act 1984.

Changes are being proposed to Section 60A (Confidentiality) and Section 63 (Regulations), plus administrative changes to Section 18A.

Further details may be found on the Reviews and Consultation page.  Feedback is requested by Wednesday 29 April 2020.

Substances that are controlled under the Controlled Substances legislation

  • scheduled medicines including prescription medicines, pharmacist only medicines and pharmacy medicines
  • some poisons such as weed killers and pesticides
  • some volatile solvents in products such as glues, lighter fluid and petrol
  • illegal drugs such as ecstasy and heroin
  • plants such as opium poppies
  • precursor chemicals such as pseudoephedrine, that are used to make drugs such as methamphetamine.

Regulations and codes of practice under the controlled substances legislation

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