Methadone bill, others await signature

There are 2 comments on the Jul 7, 2011, Expressline Edition story titled Methadone bill, others await signature. In it, Expressline Edition reports that:

Gov. Paul LePage has a stack of bills that he must decide whether to approve. One that he's sure to sign will make it a crime to drive a large commercial vehicle while on methadone.

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jebbiek

Avon, CT

#1 Jul 8, 2011
Methadone is like any other medication that can cause problems with "driving or operating heavy machinery". That is one of the standard warnings put on the medications that can cause drowsiness. I didn't think a person should operate any commercial vehicle on any medication. My doctor told me to be very careful and not drive when I first started taking methadone. Once a person gets to a steady state blood level their reaction time, cognitive abilities, etc. should be normal. If they are not then either methadone is the wrong drug for that person or the dose is too high. Most people have problems with medications that have short half lives and multiple metabolites. One of the reasons that methadone is not something drug users would prefer to get high is because of the long half life. You can get high if you only take it occasionally and have not been using other drugs or medications, but that is extremely dangerous. That is the way people die from methadone. If a person is in so much pain that they require a high dose that makes them constantly drowsy then they have no business driving anything. Methadone has to be started very, very slowly and the dose increased slowly and shouldn't really be combined with other meds. I think that bill is crazy because there are a lot of other medications that should be included. Anyone on possible mind altering medications should be evaluated for their driving fitness. My opinion is that would be a more reasonable bill.

Since: Aug 09

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#2 Jul 8, 2011
I thought that it had already been addressed due to the regulations while having a "CDL". For one to operate vehicles over x-amount wieght and or #of axils one has to pass a commerical drivers test. Once that license is issued whether in the company vehile or your personal car the operator who has a CDL has the regs imposed regaudless of what he/she is driving. The alcohol limits are like halfed and zero tolerance for any drugs,Rx'd or not! This is just more political grandstanding,yet another case of pissin away tax-payers hard earned money! Following is a brief read with full site available... Illinois has adopted the Uniform Commercial Driver License Act (UCDLA), which imposes a variety of federally imposed requirements on Illinois licensed CDL holders. This is especially true in the DUI area of the law.

In Illinois, a person must have a Commercial Driver's License if they operate:

Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, providing the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
A vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
The driver must be 18 years of age to apply for a CDL license to drive in-state and age 21 to cross state lines.

There are special alcohol and DUI laws that apply to CDL holders. For example, when operating a CDL vehicle, the legal limit drops to 0.04. If the CDL driverís alcohol concentration is 0.04 or greater, or if the CDL driver refuses testing, the length of disqualification from operating a CDL is 12 months for a first offense, and lifetime for a second offense.

If the CDL driver is operating a non-commercial vehicle (such as his family car), and he refuses testing or the test results are 0.08 or greater, there is also a one year disqualification of the CDL for a first offense in a lifetime, or there is a permanent disqualification for a second offense in a lifetime.

http://www.dialdui.com/chapter6/commercial-dr... ***** and I may be dead wrong,butt I thought the reason for the CDL was so all drivers in America where on the same regulations gig....

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