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illegal drug abuse, medical records and the dvla

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Has anyone here had drug abuse on their mental health records which was connected to their illness? and did it affect their drivers licence?

During hospital admission, I was tested positive for cannabis, I have a diagnosis of Psychotic Disorder (NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED).Not drug induced. I was smoking weed on the run up to my episode.

On a copy of recent clinical notes which I received, it says I have a history of drug abuse, LSD, cocaine and cannabis.

I took LSD recreationally as a teenager and I can count the times on my left hand I have snorted a line of coke. Ive smoked cannabis on and off for years but mainly OFF. I went years without a joint and could easily refrain.
I dont even know where the CMHT has got this information from and had a go at my care-co today saying they need to be more careful what they say about people as its tarnishing my future (specifically my driving future). I dont remember informing them of this supposed drug use as it would have been irrelevant. I do have history of 3 episodes where I was hospitalised, and other NHS trust from where I lived years ago may have this information.

Just wandering if anyone has told dvla about their drug use and mental health and how it affected their driving licence?. I don't think its fair that I sound like some heavy drug abuser on paper when all I did was what a lot of people have done and took recreational drugs during their younger years.- its not like I've ever been a junkie or regular user. Even my friend says if they didn't know me better, it would sound really bad. I dont like the idea of some faceless ignorant medic at the DVLA making judgement on something that is so irrelevant AND INNACURATE.
 
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If you have a mental illness / diagnosis you must tell the DVLA and your insurance company. A list of illnesses that must be declared can be found on the DVLA website.

When you have declared it they said a form for you to complete. They can ask you to attend a medical or permission to write to those who care for you, GP, Psychiatrist etc. They get a form to complete and return.

Based on what the professionals say, will see a licence issued or declined. Usually when approved the licence will be for a year for a few years and then go to three yearly reviews.

You also have to inform your insurance company of licence restrictions should as a short term licence and any illnesses you have.

I currently have my DL reviewed every three years.
 
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Hi Thisisnotmylife.

When I went to my disability hearing here in the USA. They knew everything about me-how they knew these things I have no idea-but I am thinking it is on my medical record. I never reported half the things they ask me about at hearing. I was clueless.

Now I do not know about my drivers license-maybe I will get sent a notice.

I am so sorry you are going through all this. I hope it all turns out in your favour. Love and hugs Jules
 
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I don't drive

But I think I'm right in saying if you have a hospitalisation with psychosis you might have a short time when you can't drive, atleast that's something my CPN told me.

As far as I know past drug use shouldn't affect anything, I have loads of previous drug use on my records and when I asked a Doctor if I could still learn to drive on the medication I'd been prescribed he just nodded and said yes, he didn't mention anything about my previous drug use. I mean the forces take people with historical drug use, so long as you've quit.
 
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Hi Thisisnotmylife.

When I went to my disability hearing here in the USA. They knew everything about me-how they knew these things I have no idea-but I am thinking it is on my medical record. I never reported half the things they ask me about at hearing. I was clueless.

Now I do not know about my drivers license-maybe I will get sent a notice.

I am so sorry you are going through all this. I hope it all turns out in your favour. Love and hugs Jules
I find it scary how they keep records on everything and then bring it up years later, its really making me despise "the system" which is supposed to be helping us.-it can actually work against us.
I dont know about the USA but in the UK the DVLA usually have to be notified by somebody before anything flags up. thanks for your reply Jules, hugs x
 
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I don't drive

But I think I'm right in saying if you have a hospitalisation with psychosis you might have a short time when you can't drive, atleast that's something my CPN told me.

As far as I know past drug use shouldn't affect anything, I have loads of previous drug use on my records and when I asked a Doctor if I could still learn to drive on the medication I'd been prescribed he just nodded and said yes, he didn't mention anything about my previous drug use. I mean the forces take people with historical drug use, so long as you've quit.
I have seen 3 GP's since this has happened and not one of them have told me not to drive and all of them didn't know me as you never get a regular doctor these days. Ive been in such a bad way that it is obvious im not driving as I dont even leave the house. Its just a bit of a shock to see things written about me that doesn't even sound like me atall and could possibly be unfavourable. Thanks for your reply:)
 
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If your hospitalised with psychosis they normally inform the DVLA and your told not to drive for about 3 months. Then you’ll get a licence for a year, after that if you have no further admissions its renewed every three years
 
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Hmm, I'm pretty certain my CPN said something along those lines, worth checking out maybe.

Thing is doing drugs is one thing, doing them then driving is another. It would be like assuming anyone who drinks is going to drink drive, and at that someone whos drank in the past will drink drive.

I personally wouldn't worry about it too much. I think you can request to amend your records too if you think something isn't right.
 
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thanks daffy, ive altogether over the years had 5 admissions, 4 for psychosis. never once have I been told about the dvla until I happened to ask during my 4th discharge. None of them have ever told me or the dvla and on speaking to CMHT it seems Im more clued up than they are. im in a pickle about this as I cant live at home or go to my job if I cant drive and need to get well to do either of those things. thanks for your reply:)
 
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Mine was revoked in 2006. Schiz meds symptoms and canna abuse. I was pressured into informing the dvla myself.
If you're stable on meds and haven't had any cannabis for at least 6 months you'll be fine. Hence mine was revoked in 2006 and still is. If you have symptoms you're screwed.
 
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Mine was revoked in 2006. Schiz meds symptoms and canna abuse. I was pressured into informing the dvla myself.
If you're stable on meds and haven't had any cannabis for at least 6 months you'll be fine. Hence mine was revoked in 2006 and still is. If you have symptoms you're screwed.
Can I ask how come you never got it back? have you had the option? thanks for replying
 
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