This webpage replaces TG212/5 Legal requirements for an authority to prescribe drugs of addiction in NSW, which has been rescinded.
The authority under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW) from the NSW Ministry of Health (also referred to as a ‘permit’ in other jurisdictions) is legally required by a medical practitioner or nurse/midwife practitioner to prescribe or supply a drug of addiction in certain circumstances.
To prescribe or supply a drug of addiction to a drug dependent person, including a cannabis medicine or an opioid in Schedule 8, a NSW authority is required.
A drug dependent person defined under section 27 of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW) means a person who has acquired, as a result of repeated administration of:
an overpowering desire for the continued administration of such a drug.
An authority from the NSW Ministry of Health is required to prescribe or supply drugs of addiction for non drug dependent persons for continuous or ongoing treatment of more than two months for any of the following:
Psychostimulants such as dexamphetamine (dexamfetamine), methylphenidate, and lisdexamfetamine and any Schedule 8 when extemporaneously compounded (unregistered drug of addiction) for a particular person for therapeutic application to that person, may be prescribed or supplied only with the prior written authority of the NSW Ministry of Health.