The safer management of controlled drugs

Page last updated: 19 July 2022
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Our annual report on the safer use of controlled drugs highlights our regulatory oversight activities and inspection findings in 2021.


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We also provide an analysis of data for prescribing trends of controlled drugs and make recommendations for providers and commissioners. The report highlights that improving the safe use of controlled drugs is now also an issue for health and care systems. Integration of local health and care services presents a great opportunity to develop more effective oversight of controlled drugs, including using system-wide learning from controlled drugs incidents, such as errors and theft and diversion.

This applies to NHS hospital and primary care, independent services, and adult social care – all providers that use controlled drugs need to be aware of our recommendations to make care safer for people.