New Drug-Driving Warnings Issued for Patients Taking Anti-Anxiety Medication and Analgestics

February 10th, 2015
New Drug-Driving Warnings Issued for Patients Taking Anti-Anxiety Medication and Analgestics

Patients who take prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety medication have been warned to take extra care when driving in light of new drug-driving laws, which are set to be introduced to protect motorists.

The new law, which will be enforced on the 2nd March, is mainly concerned with illegal drugs, but patients who take prescription medication have also been advised to find out if they are safe to drive under the new legislation. The aim of the measure is to prevent people from driving under the influence of illegal drugs and experts believe that most people who take prescription drugs will be safe to drive, as the dosages are set to legal limits.

The law sets out very low levels of six well-known illegal drugs, such as cannabis and cocaine, but also includes eight prescription medicines, including Diazepam and Temazepan (both of which are most commonly used to treat anxiety) morphine and methodone.

Road safety minister, Robert Goodwill MP, said that the vast majority of people who take these prescription medications will be safe to drive provided that they stick to the recommended doses.

Anyone who is unsure about whether they are legally allowed to drive when taking medication is advised to consult a pharmacist.

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