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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has issued a quick reference guide on the new drug driving rules coming into effect on March 2.

“Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 already includes an offence of driving whilst impaired through drugs, regardless of whether or not the drugs are being used legitimately,” says the RPS.

Under the new legislation, it will become an offence to drive “while over specified limits for 16 drugs, eight of which could be used for medicinal purposes. The specified limit allows for normal recommended doses that most patients would be prescribed if they were taking their medicines as intended.”

The RPS support resource is intended for RPS members. It “explains in more detail about the changes to the drug driving law, including the drugs covered by this legislation, advice for patients and where to go for more information.”

The new regulations “provide for a ‘medical defence’ if the patient is taking their medicines as instructed by a healthcare professional or as the Patient Information Leaflet describes, provided their driving is not impaired,” it adds.

Last summer, the Department of Health issued advice for health professionals about discussing the new driving requirements with people taking medicines that could impair driving.

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