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New drug driving offence: Department for Transport guidance
The UK Government Department for Transport has produced guidance for health professionals on the new drug driving offence; driving in excess of specified levels of certain controlled drugs in the body. This offence, which is in addition to the existing rules on drug impaired driving and fitness to drive, is expected to come into force on 2 March 2015.
The following Cochrane reviews have been published in full on-line:
Low-molecular-weight heparin versus unfractionated heparin for perioperative thromboprophylaxis in patients with cancer (CD009227);
Oxycodone for neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia in adults (CD010692).
Levetiracetam for neuropathic pain in adults (CD010943);
Topical lidocaine for neuropathic pain in adults …
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