Can a Person Be Arrested in Georgia for a DUI While Taking a Prescription Drug?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tiger Wood's recent DUI Arrest should draw attention to the problem of Prescription Drug DUI. In the case of Tiger Woods, there was no evidence of alcohol use.  As part of his treatment for back pain, he was given narcotics. The result is that he became a less safe driver to the consumption of the medication. 

"I was not doing anything wrong" – "I took my medications as prescribed."

Most people assume that if a doctor prescribed medication, it must be safe to use.  Unfortunately, this is a false assumption. 

All drivers have an absolute duty to operate a motor vehicle safely. If someone takes a medication that causes them to become a less safe driver, he or she will be charged with Prescription Drug DUI in Georgia.  

If charged, it is not the doctor's fault.  It is the consumer of the medication that is held responsible. 

How can a person avoid being charged with Prescription Drug DUI?

The first thing someone should do is the make sure their doctor has a complete list of medications prescribed by other physicians.  

By making sure all medical providers are aware of the drugs prescribed, your doctor can make sure that the combination of drugs will not cause impairment. 

As with physicians, make sure to fill all prescriptions at the same pharmacy.  That way the pharmacist can also check for potential side-effects of the combination of medications.  Make sure to consult with the pharmacist. It is why he or she is there.  

Have a family member or close friend observe your driving several times.  Make sure you are observed driving at night and in bad weather.  This is the best way to make sure you are driving safely.  Trust that those people have your best interest at heart.  

Remember, it is not unlawful to drive after taking medication.  It is unlawful to be under the influence of prescription drugs to the extent that it makes you a less safe driver. 

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