working/driving etc while taking narcotics

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   Posted 9/9/2007 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   

I am having trouble finding information in my state about driving and working, etc while taking narcotics for chronic pain. short of seeing a lawyer, everyone has a different opinion.

I was told that if you are in a accident, you will be tested, and no matter if your drug level is within prescription amounts, you would still be considered "under the influence"

I was also told that those who take narcotics on a routine basis must declare it to your employer during the hiring process (I can't believe that's true...I thought this would violate disability laws).

Has any of your doctors discussed what you can/can't due while taking narcotics as far as working, driving, etc?

I am finding that the laws are ancient, and there is not enough education out there for us CPers in regards to what we are able to do while still taking the meds we need to function.

I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.

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   Posted 9/10/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi REhab,

Don't believe everything you hear. A future employer can't ask you those things. It's illegal. It is possible to be considered 'under the influence' if you get in an accident since if it's script or not you are taking narcotic meds and if you are driving when your skills are impaired then it is your fault. I do know that in England you can be ticketed for driving under the influence if you take insulin and go into insulin shock. You are the one who either took too much or ate too little. Now THAT one seems a bit unfair to me.

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   Posted 9/14/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
CHUTZ is right they cannot ask you these question.But I would like to point this out My Insurance told me that in the event I have a car wreak and I am found to have drugs in my system leagel or unleagel it would go against me and they will not pay any claims.I was also told that even if it was not my fault that I would loose my Insurance if found that I was under the enflues(sp)of a narcotic and my driver liesens as well.

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