When I was on strong painkillers last year I was told it wasn't safe to drive on them. As long as guidance is clear for prescribed drugs then it seems fair enough.
I know people who smoke cannabis and drive and it really makes me cross. If it doesn't affect them, why smoke it. If it does, why drive? I say this as someone who has smoked in the past but would never drink/smoke and drive.
Then again, some people get a bit lively after a 2 shot latte so where to draw a line...
It's a good thing isn't it? I don't want to on the road with someone who is under the influence of anything, including strong painkillers if those painkillers impair their ability to make good judgements.
Is it just the drugs in the article? I take codiene and depending on how many they can make me feel odd. I know this and stick to the lower level unless I really need them ( & then don't leave the house anyway!) but I'm now worried in case the lower level could be bad?
I take lots of painkillers and wasn't aware of a change in laws so thanks for linking. I use tramadol daily with no side effects (that would affect driving) and can't see anything about this in the article. I occasionally take diazepam or oromorph or similar morphine prescriptions, I don't feel up to driving on these so wouldn't anyway but I wonder if GPs would need to flag this up as even if the leaflets were changed, I know a lot of long term users like myself don't look at the leaflets any more!
I do think driving impaired by use of illegal drugs is as bad as drink driving and it's good to see the law strengthened on this.