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Substance impaired driving - continuing professional development

Welcome general practitioners and pharmacists. Here you can access information on substance impaired driving for the purposes of continuing professional development.

The resources on this page are provided for GPs. For pharmacists please visit the Phamaceutical Society website(external link)


Substance impaired driving is a sizeable and serious problem. As a health professional you can help your patients make good choices about whether or not they’re safe to drive.

Road crashes caused by substance impaired driving occur much more often in New Zealand than previously thought. One in three people killed on New Zealand roads has medication or drugs in their system that may impair driving. Help us improve this situation and make our roads safer by informing patients how their medication may affect their driving.

Gain CME points by reviewing the resources below and completing a Learning Reflection Form [DOCX, 80 KB].


25% of all scripts are for medication that can impair driving


51% of drivers don't recall being warned about potential impairment


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