Schedule 8 medicines (controlled drugs) must be securely stored at all times.
Hospitals, pharmacies, medical practices, veterinary clinics and any other person or business authorised to keep Schedule 8 medicines must meet strict legal requirements for storage.
When not in immediate use, Schedule 8 (S8) medicines must be locked away in a compliant drug safe. What type of safe is required depends on the amount stored and the type of business.
Consumers do not have to store their own personal S8 medicines in a safe at home but, as for all prescription medicines, it is recommended that these are kept well out of reach of children and in a safe place.