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BMA calls for government action on drugs and driving

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 16 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:632
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The BMA has called on the UK government to develop a campaign to highlight that taking drugs—whether prescribed, over the counter, or illegal—can impair driving capacity in a similar way to alcohol.

    The BMA has recommended that the government should coordinate scientific research to establish effective drug testing devices and should educate the public on the association between taking some drugs and impaired driving ability. These recommendations were put before parliament on 12 March by Labour MP David Kidney as an early day motion, to provoke debate in the House of Commons.

    To help publicise the problem, the BMA has developed a website that reviews trends in road …

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