Journal of Chinese Pharmaceutical Sciences ›› 2015, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (4): 250-256.DOI: 10.5246/jcps.2015.04.033

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An overview of management of narcotics and psychotropic drugs in China

Peng Yao1, Xiaodong Guan1,2, Yanping Deng3, Luwen Shi1,2*   

  1. 1. Department of Pharmacy Administration and Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing 100191, China
    2. International Research Center of Medicinal Administration, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing 100191, China
    3. Peking University National Institute on Drug Dependence, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing 100191, China 
  • Received:2014-11-02 Revised:2014-12-31 Online:2015-04-28 Published:2015-02-01
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Narcotics and psychotropic drugs are known as controlled drugs with special management and super vision due to their psychic and physiological dependence. Based on the literature review, experts interview and policy comparative analysis, our study summarized and reviewed the status of related legislation and regulations since the enactment of the Narcotics and Psychotropic Drugs Regulations in 2005. We found the problems of legal loopholes, the complexity of supervision system and the irrational use of narcotics in the treatment of chronic non-cancer. Our analysis suggested that China should reinforce legislation, strengthen the cooperation among departments, establish the information network and improve the guideline of narcotics and psychotropic drugs for clinical treatment as quickly as possible.

Key words: Controlled drugs, Narcotics, Psychotropic drugs, Supervision, Management

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