Drug driving under the influence

 prescription and over the counter drugs could see you breaking the law!

You wouldn’t think to put hay fever medication and alcohol in the same category when it comes to driving under the influence, but actually your over the counter tablets could see you breaking the law in the same way as drink driving.

Many motorist have admitted to having impaired driving abilities after taking hay fever medication during the summer months and 4% of people believe that taking these medications have led to them being involved in an accident in the past.
Over the counter drugs can often make users drowsy. Although it states this on the packaging and on the pamlet on the inside where relevant, the information may not be clear enough and can also be found on the back of the packet.
Other prescription drugs could also see you landed with a minimum of a one year ban from driving, as new laws have taken effect in the UK that make some medications illegal to take whilst driving due to the amount of accidents

These include:
clonazepam, 50 µg/L
diazepam, 550 µg/L
flunitrazepam, 300 µg/L –
lorazepam, 100 µg/L
methadone, 500 µg/L
morphine, 80 µg/L
oxazepam, 300 µg/L
temazepam, 1000 µg/L

All of these medications have different affects and when taking them you need to read the pamflet that comes with it, and you will see that driving while under the influence of the medication is not allowed, but if you do want to know more about it then it is best to talk to your GP. But if you are not sure if you should be driving, its always safer not to do so, as it is breaking the law.

Check out the website below for more information

https://www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law

 

Remember, drive safely!