If you haven’t read any of my previous posts on this subject, my gripe with these drug tests is that as a cronic back pain sufferer I rely heavily on prescribed pain killers, namely Panadeine Forte.
I have been taking these for nearly two years and I can say that I don’t feel any affects from them other than slightly less back pain.
From the small amount of information I can find it seems like I am committing an offence everytime I get behind the wheel but this latest snippet of information I found only adds to the confusion.
From this information I understand that the saliva test will not record a positive reading from presciption drugs BUT if the Police officer doing the test suspects that I am under the influence of something I can be made to have a blood test which will show positive for my prescribed drug.
In the Queensland Government Drug Driving Fact Sheet they say that the saliva test tests for the presence of several active ingredients found both in illegal and prescription drugs, contradicting information. I’m really over this, I think I will invest in a push-bike AND of course a helmet and stay safe!
This is what Legalaid Queensland has to say on the subject;
I don’t take illegal drugs, but sometimes I take prescription/over the counter drugs. I’m not breaking the law if I drive, am I?
Yes, if you are what the law calls under the influence of drugs.
If you drive under the influence of alcohol, the police use a breathalyser to find out if you have any alcohol in your system and if you are ‘over the limit’ that the law allows. The police can pull you over for a random breath test at any time even if you are not driving badly.
At present, the random saliva tests will not pick up any prescription or over the counter drugs that you have taken. The police can make you have a blood test, under certain circumstances, which will detect drugs in prescription and over the counter medications.
That pushy is looking better every day!