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Drugs – drive law has changed!

From 1st March the Drug – Drive law has changed in England and Wales to include some prescribed pain killers which are often on the list of ‘ drug cocktails’ prescribed to my patients with back pain. They include :-

  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam

There is a qualifying statement though issued by the relevant government body:-

“You can drive after taking these drugs if:

  • you’ve been prescribed them and followed advice on how to take them by a healthcare professional
  • they aren’t causing you to be unfit to drive even if you’re above the specified limits”

IF YOU  ARE IN ANY DOUBT CHECK WITH YOUR GP AS THEY PRESCRIBE OR THE PHARMACIST WHO DISPENSES THE DRUG TO YOU, ABOUT THE EFFECT YOUR PRESCRIPTION MAY HAVE ON YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE OR FOR GUIDANCE ON LEGAL LIMTS. 

For more details click here https://www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law

 

 

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