Could Prescription Drugs Make You Break The Law Whilst Driving?

Drivers could be breaking the law by taking prescription drugs before getting behind the wheel.

Cops are allowed to prosecute people who have been prescribed certain medicines by their GP – if they pose a danger.

While illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine and cannabis are obviously included in drug-driving laws, there are a string of far more innocuous remedies that could see you banned.

So, what are the rules on legal drugs while driving? Below, The Chronicle explains…

Most drugs are perfectly safe in themselves and it is perfectly legal to drive in most circumstances.

It only becomes a problem if the standard of driving is poor.

The gov.uk website says: “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.”

What drugs are most likely to cause problems?

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

For more on this story, including the dangers please click here.

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