1

Is it legal to keep small quantities of prescription and/or schedule 1 drugs in a first aid kit? In this situation there would be no prescription or doctor involved. Examples would be:

  • morphine
  • digitalis
  • EpiPen

I looked in various legal resources and could not find a clear answer.

Although I am primarily interested in the legal issues for storage of drugs in first aid kits on land, I am also interested in the same question concerning such drugs being present in a first aid kit on a ship either in US territorial waters or in international waters.

8
  • 1
    Would the person possessing the first aid kit hold current prescriptions for each of those drugs?
    – Sneftel
    Jul 21 at 16:19
  • @Sneftel No.....
    – Cicero
    Jul 21 at 16:41
  • 1
    There's also the issue of who owns the medications and whether they have a prescription for it.
    – Ron Trunk
    Jul 21 at 17:41
  • 2
    I'm pretty sure these are schedule 2 (or below) drugs. Schedule 1 would be things like heroin and ecstasy; duffysrehab.com/resources/articles/schedule-of-drugs
    – Richard
    Jul 21 at 19:30
  • @Richard Yes, I guess so. Morphine is schedule 2, not schedule 1.
    – Cicero
    Jul 21 at 19:38
5

Not for unqualified use

This falls under “possession with intent to dispense”.

It’s OK if the first aid kit is for use by:

  • a practitioner authorised to dispense drugs (a doctor, nurse practitioner, paramedic or pharmacist)
  • a person registered under the quoted chapter (which can include first-aid officers in remote or isolated locations, like ships)
  • the specific person for whom the medication was prescribed

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.