New laws for prescription drugs and driving

Date: 
Mon, 23/02/2015

If you drive and take prescription drugs, a new law which comes into force on 2nd March could affect you.

The law is designed for dealing with drivers under the influence of illegal drugs, but also includes some prescription drugs. If you take your medication correctly you shouldn’t exceed the new limit. The following drugs are included in the new law:

  • clonazepam
  • diazepam
  • flunitrazepam
  • lorazepam
  • methadone
  • morphine or opiate and opioid-based drugs
  • oxazepam
  • temazepam

If you take your medication as prescribed by a healthcare professional and they are not affecting your driving you will not be affected by the new law.

If you are unsure about driving and would like to find out more, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. 

Visit the Government's website to find out more.


Last updated: 10 August 2016
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