Drugs and driving

October 18, 2018

When we hear about Drug Driving we automatically think cannabis, but there are many prescribed drugs that can affect our ability to drive. Always check with your doctor if the drugs they are prescribing can affect your driving 

 

 

Prescription medicines

It’s illegal in England and Wales to drive with legal drugs in your body if it impairs your driving.

It’s an offence to drive if you have over the specified limits of certain drugs in your blood and you haven’t been prescribed them.

Talk to your doctor about whether you should drive if you’ve been prescribed any of the following drugs:

  • amphetamine, eg dexamphetamine or selegiline

  • clonazepam

  • diazepam

  • flunitrazepam

  • lorazepam

  • methadone

  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs, eg codeine, tramadol or fentanyl

  • oxazepam

  • temazepam

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

You could be prosecuted if you drive with certain levels of these drugs in your body and you haven’t been prescribed them.

 

 

 

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