Call for clampdown on drugs sales

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 June, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 June, 1994, 12:00am

CONTROLS on the sale of medicine to people under 18 should be tightened to prevent drug abuse spreading, political parties said yesterday.

Members of the United Democrats and Meeting Point made their plea in a parade to Government House yesterday.

They also sent a letter carrying 40,000 signatures to the Governor Chris Patten, asking him to help keep children away from drugs.

A list of measures recommended by the two parties included tightening controls on the sale of drugs.

They said people under 18 should be prevented from buying dangerous or restricted medicine from dispensaries, doctors should be required to register information on the sale of dangerous medicine, and penalties for breaking such laws should be increased.

The parties also proposed that the Government set up an inter-departmental group to monitor the problem.