Driving and Prescription Drugs

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2004 Retired Members' Conference
18 June 2004

Following a survey undertaken by Aston University and commissioned by the Department of Transport earlier this year, it was found that many elderly drivers were driving under the influence of drugs, in the form of strong medications issued legitimately, and prescribed by doctors who were not aware that the patient was intending to or in fact was a driver of a motor vehicle. The Department of Transport is now considering placing printed warnings on drugs packaging aimed specifically at the elderly.

Few people read any of the instructions on such packaging or are unable to do so because it is in small print or obscured by a chemist’s label.

Conference therefore calls on the National Executive Council to initiate a more active campaign to raise the retired members’ awareness of the risks and consequences which may arise from drug taking and driving.