drivers drive on pain meds

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by johnnyboy, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. johnnyboy

    johnnyboy Bobtail Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    so i want to know if anybody like me takes and drives on pain meds sh 1 level.i need my meds but don't want to get in trouble .so can you take vicdion,oxycontion,medoal.sorry about the spelling but what can you take and be legal .i know there are drivers out there .antbody had back surgery and still driving?well all information would help.​
  2. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Ask my GPS...
    None of those drugs are legal to drive on. If you cause an accident while that is in your bloodstream, you will be in some deep stuff. If you are pulled in for a random urinalysis you will fail it.
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  3. Injun

    Injun Road Train Member

    May 15, 2010
    West o' the Big Crick
    IP is right.

    I used to have a prescription for Vicodin that I carried around for my arthritis when it got out of hand. I got rid of it and had to find something else. What I have now keeps the edge off, but is not a heavy duty narcotic.

    If you are on these medications because of pain, you must be in some serious pain. If that's the case, maybe bouncing around in a truck all day isn't such a good idea. There's more to this than sitting in the driver's seat pointing the steering wheel this way and that. If you hurt so much you are constantly on narcotics, maybe you need to find out why you are still hurting. After surgery and therapy, you shouldn't have so much trouble. Seems the doctor's job isn't finished.

    If you are on these meds because your brain has you convinced you will have pain otherwise, I will encourage you to seek professional help with a physical addiction to narcotics. Please don't think I'm calling you a junkie or passing judgment on you. Addiction can happen to the best of us. Your body may be healed, but your brain is so used to having that little narcotic plug there that it fires off the pain receptors in order to get more. It's truly a physical, not psychological thing with narcotics. I say get professional help because depending on how long you've been on these meds, it may be dangerous to just quit. So don't do that.

    Good luck to you, whichever way it turns out.
  4. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    I live with extreme back pain everyday because my doctor won't give me, nor will I take narcotics while driving. I'm okay if I sit or don't walk distances. Just one of my many medical problems.
    Your company finds out about it, you won't be allowed to drive. You get in an accident, you'll need the pain killers for Bubba in the joint. :)
    You only get one script at a time. You list multiple pain killers like you take anything you can get your hands on.
    If you can't do without them, it's time to get on disability.
  5. Karen76

    Karen76 Light Load Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    You can't drive on any of that stuff. Plus those drugs cause rebound pain meaning that after it's worn off the pain will still be there causing your brain wants more drugs.
    Talk to a pain specialist and find other ways to alleviate your pain like physical therapy.
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  6. jenkinsd

    jenkinsd Bobtail Member

    Mar 16, 2010
    Johnnyboy my son died a few years back.The corners report showed he had all three of those drugs in him.So you can guess how I feel about it.Please get off of them and stay alive.Trucking is not the only job out there.If you are taking these drugs you need to man up and do something about it.Believe me I still think about my son all the time.If he would have only admitted to himself that he had a problem I would still have a son.I go to his grave site when I can.
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  7. rocknroll nik

    rocknroll nik High Risk Load Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    can't read the sign
    I am currently on vicadan and flexarill and am having troublw with my ex-employer trying to FORCE me to go back to work on these medications. I WILL NOT drive a semi on them. I am about to lose my fed med card due to the stroke I sufferered and the fact that my BP has risen above the safety level according to the DOT.
  8. johnnyboy

    johnnyboy Bobtail Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    well what if i get off the narcontics and just take a non narcontic.i take tramadol too.i think it is a non narcontic.i going to call dot to see if you got a doctor who is watching what you take if that will be all right.thanks for the reply
  9. Dave the trucker

    Dave the trucker Bobtail Member

    Dec 27, 2017
    Okay, I'm sick of reading all the condescending remarks by those with no legs to stand on. As long as your doctor says it's okay to drive then you are good to go, period. Part 382 Section 382.213: Controlled substance abuse. Look it up nay sayers! I am a 33 yr old vet, honorably discharged and I happen to be a trucker. I am 40% service connected and am also on pain meds, vicodin. I take them when I am done for the night and if needed during the day due to the pain I am in everyday of my life caised by my service to this country. You loud mouths criticise people trying to make a living, shame on you. I should not have to choose between my career and my pain. I didn't ask for this pain and I shouldn't have to live with it when there is something that can help. I lack focus while in pain and the medicine allows me to feel normal again. So you know someone who was a junkie and od'ed on them; well they were stupid and and are responsible for making it so difficult for the ones really in pain. Know what you are talking about before spouting off garbage, pretending to know anything about this. I have a family to provide for and trucking is what I do. I can't just go find a job somewhere else like there is one waiting around the corner for me. Leave your 2 cents at home unless you have something useful to add. That is why people create a message in this forum... To find out something they didn't know the answer to, not to be talked down to and treated like a junkie. God bless all those living in pain, I wouldn't wish mine upon anyone. Take care and be safe out there.
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