Some aspects of the many medicines and chemicals that carry risks in Victoria are controlled by Victorian drugs and poisons legislation. These aspects include:
- who can lawfully be in possession of some drugs and poisons
- controls regarding the prescribing and dispensing of many medicines
- requirements regarding storage of drugs and poisons, and records of supply and usage.
The medicines and chemicals that are subject to these controls are 'scheduled' and are listed in the Australian Standard of Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (the SUSMP).