From 2 March 2015 there will be a new drug driving law in England and Wales.
The new law sets limits at very low levels for eight drugs commonly associated with illegal drug use, such as cannabis and cocaine, to tackle illegal drug use and driving.
The law also includes eight drugs commonly associated with medicinal use, that are sometimes abused, that have been set at higher limits based on the available evidence of the road safety risk and to reflect their use as medicines. These are:
– morphine used to treat pain – opiate/opioid based medication will metabolise (chemically change) into morphine and show in a blood result
– diazepam, clonazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, oxazepam, temazepam used to treat anxiety or inability to sleep
– methadone used to treat drug addiction
Amphetamine used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Parkinson’s disease is also planned to be included within the offence in the longer term.
If you are taking your medicine as directed and your driving is not impaired, then you are not breaking the law.
It will remain an offence to drive while your ability is impaired by drugs and, if in doubt, you should not drive.
To find out more ask your doctor or a member of the pharmacy team.