Re: Pain Medication and Driving
If you take prescribed pain meds and for whatever reason are stopped while driving and they determine you are impaired in any way, you can be charged with DUI, Driving Under the Influence. Several states now call it DUII, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. In most cases it would require a blood or urine test to prove you are DUI.
I'm on Methadone for my CP and can drive fine around town, but have difficulties getting sleepy when I'm driving long distances. I usually have to just take a minimal amount of my medication when I'm driving out of town. I must admit though, I do have a concern about being stopped for a burned out brake light, or such and for some reason the cop determines there is probable cause I'm on medication. They now view legal (prescribed) and illegal drugs the same when it comes to driving. They are right in line with alcohol consumption.