Drug Driving Guidance for Healthcare Professionals
On 2nd March 2015 new drug driving legislation will come into force. This is in addition to existing rules. Following roadside screening, police will require individuals who test positive to have a blood test. If controlled drugs such as amphetamines or opioids are present above defined levels, this could result in a prosecution.
If the controlled drug taken was prescribed or purchased over-the-counter, the person can claim “medical defence” and avoid prosecution, unless their driving is impaired as a result.
The Dept for Transport has produced guidance on the new legislation:
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