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A survey commissioned by the UK’s leading road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has diagnosed Britain’s hidden drug-drive problem, after its survey found that almost 1-in-3 motorists do not know maximum dosages of a prescription medication before it will impact their capability to drive. 1-in-4 are unlikely to avoid driving after taking over-the-counter medications that warn against using heavy machinery, like antihistamines or cold and flu remedies. The drugs in question are not illicit substances, such as cannabis or cocaine, but in fact everyday prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications, including painkillers and antidepressants. Although it’s ultimately the driver’s legal responsibility to inform the DVLA of their fitness to drive, it is also the responsibility of GPs and pharmacists to offer suitable clinical advice to patients regarding the likely risks of prescribed medications.

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