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Drugs (Administration)

Volume 411: debated on Tuesday 29 May 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether officers or other ranks who have a strong objection to taking drugs, such as mepacrine, have the right to refuse to take this drug.

No, Sir. officers and other ranks have no right to refuse to obey a lawful order, and Commanders-in-Chief are entitled to issue orders to ensure that their troops are lighting fit and kept free from disease. Neither religious scruples, however bona fide, nor dislike of such unpleasant after-effects as it may produce, afford justification for refusing to take mepacrine.