President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a law banning the sale of drugs to minors.
This is according to the president’s press service, reports Ukrinform.
Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Law “On Amendments to Article 21 of the Law of Ukraine” On Medicines “prohibiting the sale of medicines to persons under the age of 14 (minors)” No. 1668-IX, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on July 15.
The document aims to restrict children’s free access to drugs sold in pharmacies, and thus prevent possible accidents. Until now, the drugs that pharmacies are supposed to sell on prescription could often be bought without it.
The law prohibits the sale of drugs to persons under the age of 14. This includes, but is not limited to, online sale and delivery.
If a person who sells or delivers drugs has any doubts about the buyer’s age, they should demand a citizen’s passport or other document confirming their age. If this document is not provided, the delivery of medication to this person will be prohibited, in accordance with the new legislation.
The law comes into force on the day following the date of its publication.
As Ukrinform reported earlier, on July 15, the Verkhovna Rada voted 341 in favor of Law No. 5122 “On Amendments to Article 21 of the Ukrainian Law on Medicines on the Prohibition of Sale medicines for children under the age of 14. of age. “
The main task of the law is to prevent the uncontrolled consumption of drugs for purposes other than those prescribed.
The legal ban on the sale of drugs to children will enable the government to address the situation of uncontrolled drug abuse by minors at the state level and will help reduce the number of suicides among children and adolescents.