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Neck pain & driving



  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Narcotics Per Se' .... Any medication - even OTC (over the counter) meds such as benadryl or Nyquil daytime or Night-time etc, etc, etc, could lead to charges of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) if the investigating officer(s) believe that the medication(s) have or are causing reduced capacity in the form of response times, drowsiness, sensitivity to light and a whole list of other possible side effects.

    I believe that the labeling on the medicine bottles do us a great dis-service by reading "Use caution when operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery untill you know how this medication will effect you". If you are using a medication ... even know you may believe you have no - or know the side effects - the guy/gals in blue will view it differently.

    Bottom line is if these substances are found in your system and you are in an accident or are "caught" performing other traffic violations - the officers of the law can and will attempt to draw a direct correlation between what meds (RX'd legally, OTC, or Illicitly) you are taking, and how they may have impared/caused the violation(s) and therefore effected your ability to drive safely.

    Round one is in their favor as you did (or didn't) do something to catch their attention.

    Unfortunately .... I speak from experience.

    Be safe and don't become complacent with the issue of driving on medication. This is a very serious issue. For many its a time bomb just waiting to explode.

    WIth Concern,

  • Joe241JJoe241 Posts: 185
    edited 06/27/2012 - 10:46 AM
    I have to agree with metal neck, when I was on the fentanyl patch I mentioned it to my brother who is a police officer and he told me to get off the patch if driving. He told me he has taken people from court straight to jail for being under the influence, I also had lawyers tell me the same thing. I live in New Jersey so I don't know if it applies to other states but everyone needs to think about the civil aspect, if you are involved in an accident and a personal injury lawyer gets involved you will be paying a lot of money. If you're home owners insurance does cover you they will drop you right after case is closed, That is why I asked to be taken off the fentanyl patch even though it was great for pain. Remember you can be sued for anything, in NJ if you are driving in reverse the accident will be your fault no matter what, if you drive with a cast on either foot you are liable if involved in accident.
    ACDF C5-6 July 10, 2012 with plate and screws.
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  • heartstringzhheartstringz Posts: 10
    edited 06/27/2012 - 9:14 PM
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I will give them a try.

    Metalneck, thanks for your comments - I knew it was illegal to drive under the influence of narcotics etc, but I didn't know that there was also the possiblity of getting charged for driving under the influence of over-the-counter meds. I will have to look into that and see whether that is also the case in my country (I'm in Australia). I only take muscle-relaxants by prescription & just basically live on OTC medications (ibruprofen). So I will do some research!
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    edited 06/28/2012 - 4:24 AM
    Ibuprophen has little to no side effects. So your probably safe with that one! Cold Remedies and Benadryl (Diphenhadramine) would be the ones to use extra caution with on the OTC side.

    AT any given moment there are more people driving under the influance of narcotics and OTC's than there are drunk drivers - kinda a scarry thought - but true.

    Be safe everyone!!

  • Harris7Harris7 Posts: 4
    edited 07/01/2012 - 9:18 AM
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