Do you take medicines? Check if you are fit to drive

The trust is supporting a new campaign, which has been launched to remind people taking medicines to check with their doctor or pharmacist before getting behind the wheel.

The new drug drive legislation comes into force from 2 March 2015 in England and Wales. If you are following the advice of a healthcare professional and your driving isn’t impaired you can continue to drive as usual and aren’t at risk of arrest.

The campaign run by THINK! is encouraging people who take medicines and aren’t sure if they are safe to drive to check with their pharmacist or doctor.

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

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

The limits that have been set for these drugs exceed normal prescribed doses, meaning that the 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 or as printed in the accompanying leaflet
  • their driving is not impaired

The trust’s medicines management nurse Julie Bailey said: “Our staff will be talking to patients who are on medication about the risks. We also want to encourage patients and members of the public to speak to a healthcare professional if they are unsure about how their medicines might affect their ability to drive. They’ll be happy to give you the advice you need to stay safe.”

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