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New drug drive legislation: March 2nd 2015

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People who have been prescribed powerful anxiety or pain relief drugs are being warned about a new drug-driving law.

 

As well as outlawing driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, new legislation will include some prescription medicines.

 

But prescribed doses do not exceed the limits for legal drugs, so most patients should still be safe to drive.

 

Those who are unsure are advised to seek the advice of a pharmacist.

 

The new law, to be introduced 2 March 2015 in England and Wales, aims to catch those who put the lives of others at risk while driving under the influence of drugs.

 

If you are taking your medicine as directed and your driving is not impaired, then you are not breaking the law and there is no need to worry.

 

It sets very low levels for eight well known illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, but also includes eight prescription drugs, where the levels have been set much higher.

 

Most of them, including Temazepan and Diazepam, are used for treating conditions such as anxiety.

 

But the list also includes methadone, a heroin substitute, and morphine, a powerful opiate used for pain relief.

 

Robert Goodwill MP, Road Safety Minister, says as long as they stay within prescribed levels, most people will still be able to get behind the wheel of a car.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31306714

 

 

 

 

New campaign to remind people taking medicines to check with their doctor or pharmacist before getting behind the wheel.

 

The new law sets limits at very low levels for 8 drugs commonly associated with illegal use such as cannabis and cocaine. There are also 8 prescription drugs that are included within the new law. These are:

 

  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine

However, the limits that have been set for these drugs exceed normal prescribed doses, meaning that the vast majority of people can drive as they normally would, so long as:

 

  • they are taking their medicine in accordance with the advice of a healthcare professional and/or as printed in the accompanying leaflet

 

  • their driving is not impaired

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/drug-drive-legislation-am-i-fit-to-drive

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