Pain Medication and Driving

Pain medications are given for a variety of problems and injuries. They allow a person to carry on his or her normal life without experiencing pain with every moment. Some pain medications, particularly the stronger ones, have been known to result in drowsiness and other side effects.

While there are other side effects associated with pain medications, a variety of recent surveys and studies have shown that there are not significant driving impairments for individuals who are on long-term opiate-based pain killers.

The study showed that individuals who are taking opiate-based pain killers orally for an extended period of time for chronic pain are equally as likely as a driver not taking medication to have an accident or to swerve from the center line of the road.

While the medications frequently urge against driving or operating heavy machinery, this is clearly not due to a hazard of accidents or slow reaction time. The biggest reasoning for avoiding operating machinery or driving is that the pain medication can cause drowsiness. If a person is likely to fall asleep due to medication, regardless of the use of the medicine, he or she can be a threat to others. The study showed that there isn ‘t a problem for keeping the car on the road, causing accidents, or delayed reaction time but it does not show that pain medications can’t make a person fall asleep at the wheel.

Contact a Dallas DWI Lawyer

If you have been charged with driving while intoxicated due to the presence of something in your bloodstream, contact the Dallas DWI lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case and to determine the best plan for a successful defense.


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