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Armed Forces: Drugs

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been any widespread taking of Modafinil or other similar drugs by Armed Forces personnel for the purpose of enhancing mental alertness. [HL869]

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any health and safety or public security policies govern the taking of Modafinil or other similar drugs for the purpose of enhancing mental alertness by (a) Armed Forces personnel; and (b) employees required to work long or irregular shifts. [HL870]

The Health and Safety Executive, Ministry of Defence and the Home Office advise me that there are no health and safety or public security policies that govern the taking of Modafinil or similar drugs for the purpose of enhancing mental alertness at work.

HSE guidance on managing shift work, published in 2006, includes advice for shift workers on how to manage their own health and well-being. This advice acknowledges the availability of drugs that influence alertness, and advises that these drugs are not used by shift workers unless they are under medical supervision.