Calls to support Drug Driving Campaign

  • Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has called on pharmacies to help customers understand the changes to drug driving legislation coming into force next year. 

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    Pharmacies are being asked to support the campaign to help customers understand the changes to drug driving legislation which will be implemented in February 2015.

    Transport Minister, Robert Goodwill has encouraged pharmacies to brief their teams and display campaign materials online and via social media. He also asked for campaign posters and leaflets to be displayed in-store and on prescription bags and to explain what the new law means for their patients. Reports Fleet News.

    The Government, assisted by an expert panel, has introduced this new offence to deal with those that drug drive, and has given the police new powers to handle any situations. The new law will make it an offence to drive while over specified limits for a total of 16 drugs.

    Robert Goodwill stated, "We have taken every care to ensure people who take prescription or over the counter medicines as instructed and are fit to drive are not affected by the legislation.

    "However, there are changes and people need to be aware of what that means for them. That is why I am calling on pharmacy teams to back our campaign to give patients the information to keep them safe and legal on our roads".

    Patients who take their medicines prescribed should not be affected by this change in rule as long as the medicine does not influence their driving ability.

    The organisations that were consulted included the National Pharmacy Association, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Pharmacy Substance Misuse Group, Pharmacy Voice and the British Pain Society.

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