Drugs

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • A drug is a substance, solid, liquid or gas, that changes the functions or structures of the body in some way
  • Most frequently detected substances from blood samples include alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis and methamphetamine Prescription medications and a range of other commonly used drugs can also impair your driving. Check your drug on the NZ Drug Foundation website www.nzdf.org.nz
    • Benzodiazepines (depressant) – central nervous system depressant with anxiety relieving and sleep inducing properties. Common names are valium, imovane, xanax and diazepam. Further info.
    • Cannabis (depressant) – comes from the Cannabis sativa plant, the main active ingredient is THC (Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol). Marijuana is the most common form of cannabis. Further info.
    • Methamphetamine (stimulant) – One of the most common forms of amphetamines is methamphetamine – a powerful and highly addictive synthetic drug, commonly called ‘P’. Further info.
  • Prescription medications and a range of other commonly used drugs can also impair your driving. Check your drug on the NZ Drug Foundation website www.nzdf.org.nz
  • Taking a combination of drugs and/or alcohol leads to much higher crash risks
  • Drug taking is likely to impair driving performance – including hazard response, reduced reflexes, vision, drifting, speed and aggression
  • Research indicates that a significant proportion of the driving public may be driving under the influence of prescribed or illegal drugs

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE THE RISK?

  • Ask your doctor or chemist if it is safe to drive when taking your prescribed medication
  • Read all prescriptions carefully before you take them – look out for any side effects
  • Be fully aware that drugs have the ability to impair driving competence
  • If you are using drugs refrain from driving and make alternative driving arrangements – do not combine drugs and driving

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