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Codeine and Driving in England

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WitheringEyeRoll Thu 03-Oct-19 17:00:50

Am I right in thinking that you cannot drive with any codeine in your system?

I know that in Scotland it is only an issue if it affects your driving, but I'm visiting England so wanted to clarify.

I take it as part of my medication regime for Psoriatic arthritis, which is why I posted here.

Wilmalovescake Thu 03-Oct-19 17:02:29

Only if it affects your ability to drive.

WitheringEyeRoll Thu 03-Oct-19 17:04:31

Ah ok great. I thought it was different in England and it was a yes or no.

RightYesButNo Sat 05-Oct-19 06:43:55

I just wanted to provide a source for this since @Wilmalovescake is correct, but I think it’s also good to know the exact law yourself, as it makes it clear that the police have discretion to determine if you are unsafe to drive with any amount of codeine in your system. So, as I’m sure you know, you must be super, SUPER vigilant if you decide to drive while taking this medication, because any mistakes will be blamed on the medication.

It’s written about here: www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law

The part that’s relevant to you:
You can drive after taking these drugs if:

- you’ve been prescribed them and followed advice on how to take them by a healthcare professional
- they aren’t causing you to be unfit to drive even if you’re above the specified limits

Good luck, OP, and I hope the information makes things easier.

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