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Old 07-12-2006, 01:28 PM   #3
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Re: Driving on Medication

In the US, it is illegal to drive a vehicle after taking narcotic pain medication. Most states now have a law for DUI, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. This doesn't just refer to alcohol, like it did in the old days when they referred to DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), it now includes all substances which may impair you when you're behind the wheel. I think most people do drive when taking their pain meds, I know I do, but as I have stated in other posts, Methadone makes it hard for me to drive long distances. It makes me very drowsy when I do montonous tasks. I always take a minimum dose of Meth, just enough to get by, before leaving on the trip. I take more when I arrive at our destination.

It would take a blood test to prove you are under the influence, instead of a breath test they use for drinking. It can and does happen, but I urge all who drive while taking their pain meds to be very careful.

Last edited by RetiredDirector; 07-12-2006 at 02:16 PM.