Medical practitioners need to understand their legislative responsibilities when prescribing scheduled medicines. In particular, Schedule 8 medicines have a complex system of permits and notifications with which to comply.

Medical practitioners must also take all reasonable steps to ensure that prescriptions are issued only to patients who have a genuine therapeutic need for the medicine.

Medical practitioners need to be alert to drug-dependent patients and other drug-seeking patients who may try obtain drugs of dependence for misuse, abuse or trafficking.

Care should also be taken to keep prescription pads and scheduled medicines stored securely.