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Introduction of a Drug of Dependence Into the Body of Another Person

Introduction of a Drug of Dependence into the Body of Another Person is when you put drugs into another person’s body (i.e. orally or intravenously).
Introduction of a Drug of Dependence into the Body of Another Person
The introduction of a drug of dependence into the body of another person is the sort of charge heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
 
What is the legal definition of Introduction of a Drug of Dependence into the Body of Another Person?
A person introduces or attempts to introduce a drug into another person’s body.

“Did you administer drugs to someone else?”

Legislation
The section that covers this offence is section 74 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.
 
  • You did not give anyone drugs.
  • You are legally authorised to administer the drug and the administration was lawful.
There are other possible defences, depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged offending. Each matter is unique and requires an individual approach and strategy.

Questions in cases like this
  • Did you put drugs into someone else’s body?
  • Can they prove you gave someone else drugs?

The maximum penalty for Introduction of a Drug of Dependence Into the Body (s74 of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981) is a fine of 30 penalty units or level 8 imprisonment (1 year), or both.

What can you be sentenced to for this charge?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, i.e. the amount of force you used in giving the other person the drug, and whether the other person asked you to give them the drug, your sentence will vary. In serious cases you may get a prison sentence and in less serious cases you will get a fine or a Community Corrections Order.