How do you feel about driving while under the influence of prescription medications?
On one hand you have patients who are "tolerant" to their pain medications and drive regularly.
On the other hand you have patients who do not "tolerate" their medications and drive regularly.
Does one or the other make it more or less illegal drive?
These are very real dilemmas chronic pain patients face on a daily basis.
Here is general law regarding DUI / DWI
In every state, it is a crime for a driver to operate a vehicle while impaired by the effects of alcohol or drugs. The specific offense may be called driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), operating under the influence (OUI), and even operating a motor vehicle intoxicated (OMVI). Whatever the specific title, DUI laws make it unlawful for a person to operate a car, truck, motorcycle, or commercial vehicle if
- The driver's ability to safely operate the vehicle is impaired by the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, prescribed medications such as painkillers, or even over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines;
- The driver is intoxicated at a level above established DUI standards, such as blood-alcohol concentration (BAC).
See what the penalties for DUI are in your state...
~~~~> Penalties By State
Learn the Laws regarding DUI in your state.....
~~~> State Laws
Here's the actual facts and some basic tips to consider:
1. Fact: You may be able to be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even normal prescription drugs. You may totally pass a Breathalyzer or breath test but failing a field sobriety test is still enough for conviction. Any signs of impairment that could affect your driving can be cause for arrest. Even if you don't show signs of impairment, some drugs can cause you to fail a Breath test (also known as a Breathalyzer test). It depends on which type of Breathalyzer is used.
~~~> Facts DUI
Governments Stance on "drugged driving"....
~~> NIH GOV
"......Prescription drugs: Many medications (e.g., benzodiazepines and opiate analgesics) act on systems in the brain that could impair driving ability. In fact, many prescription drugs come with warnings against the operation of machinery—including motor vehicles—for a specified period of time after use. When prescription drugs are taken without medical supervision (i.e., when abused), impaired driving and other harmful reactions can also result. In short, drugged driving is a dangerous activity that puts us all at risk....."
(A note to all: This is not a discussion for attacking other members. Each person will feel differently about this topic. Remember to respect each others difference of opinion.)
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Post Edited (Mrs. Dani) : 2/25/2011 7:37:39 PM (GMT-7)