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Dispensing Narcotics. by Taamas111 (m): 2:34pm on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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I was wondering what is the Fatwa with
regard to the duties of a pharmacy
technician or even a pharmacist having to
deal with preparing and dispensing (Naracs)
or narcotic drugs to patient. Like Morphine,
codeine, oxycodine, and the like. Is it
Haraam in Islam according to Quran and
Sunnah to work as a pharmacist or pharmacy

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

As regards codeine and oxycodeine, after
asking the specialists in the field it became
clear to us that it is used for the same
purpose as morphine but they are relatively
less anaesthetic than morphine, so the same
ruling, as that for morphine, applies to them.
With regard to the ruling of producing such
drugs, if it is permissible to use them in case
of necessity, then producing them is also
permissible. Moreover, it is evident that such
drugs are very necessary in medicine, as we
were informed by one of the specialists in
the field, and that it is not possible to do
away without them. It is not possible to
overcome the pain in some diseases like
angina pectoris and anaesthesia in surgical
operations except with such medicines, so
this is a necessity. Ruling that it is forbidden
to produce such medicines will cause great
hardship to patients. Indeed, one of the
established rules in Islamic jurisprudence is
that hardship necessitates easiness as Allah
says (which means): { And has not laid upon
you in religion any hardship.}[Quran 22:78].
Moreover, the use of these medicines is
limited as they are not used for every

Allah knows best.


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