Putting Controlled Drugs Cabinets in Vehicles
Ways of Storing Controlled Drugs in Vehicles
The storage of controlled drugs in vehicles is a common requirement for may medical professionals and rescue services. The mobile nature of the environment within which the controlled drugs cabinets is situated means that it will not fully comply with the Misuse of drugs regulations. However, the overriding importance is that the controlled drugs stored are done so in as safe and secure environment as practically possible. To this end the controlled drugs should, wherever possible be stored in a controlled drugs cabinet which is secured to the chassis of the vehicle in which it is being used. The fixings should be such that they are not easily accessible and ideally should be permanently fixed to the vehicle chassis so they cannot be undone except from the inside of the cabinet. We recommend the cabinet be placed out of sight from passers by perhaps within the boot area but not in a place that would make it difficult to use. Should the operator find the access to the cabinet inconvenient they may be minded not to use it if it affects their daily routine.
With the secure storage of the controlled drugs within the vehicle covered we now move to the security of the vehicle itself. After all no matter how secure the controlled drugs cabinet is if the vehicle is stolen the thieves will have plenty of time to break into the cabinet and obtain the drugs stored within.
Most modern vehicles have a good level of electronic immobilisation, but additional security might be considered necessary and a professional vehicle security company should be consulted to assist with this if required.
Some commonsense measures should be taken in addition when leaving the vehicle unattended.
- Do not leave Controlled drugs in the vehicle overnight.
- When leaving the vehicle unattended always ensure it is secure.
- Leave the vehicle in a public place.
- If possible leave the vehicle in a locked garage overnight particularly if it is necessary to leave the Controlled drugs in the cabinet.