What does the new drug-driving law mean for pharmacists?

Broadened rules mean you might need to dob in patients

NSW pharmacists might have to dob in patients who indicate they intend to drive while impaired by their medications.

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This follows a decision to broaden the rules around drug driving.

Any new drugs that come onto the market will automatically be covered by the new requirements, Roads Minister Melinda Pavey told 2GB.

But pharmacists won’t necessarily have to notify road-licensing authorities if patients are planning to drive after being dispensed methadone.

Practitioners will only have to report patients who get behind the wheel after starting opioid replacement therapy or after receiving a substantially increased dose.

They can also report any patient who is behaving erratically, Ms Pavey says.