Drug use eclipses alcohol use in fatal crashes for first time

Drug use eclipses alcohol use in fatal crashes for first time

The study included any substance that can impair driving, including illegal drugs, prescription medications, legal non-medicinal drugs and over-the-counter medicines.

The article explains 43% of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used legal or illegal drugs. "This is especially significant when you consider the number of years it took to get the public to fully understand the dangers posed by drinking and driving".

The report calls for increased training for law enforcement to detect drivers who are on drugs - something that is complicated, police say.

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In the most recent national data available, which is from 2015, the Association reported drugs were present in the systems of 43 percent of people killed in US highway accidents, a rate higher than alcohol at 37 percent. Every state bans driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For the first time, statistics show that drivers killed in crashes are more likely to be on drugs then drunk.

The majority of OH motorists now fear drugged drivers more than drunk drivers, according to a AAA survey.

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Although the liberalization of marijuana laws and increase in drug-use fatalities might lead to an easy conclusion, the report cites European studies that found marijuana use slightly increased the risk of a crash, while opioids, amphetamines and mixing alcohol with drugs greatly increased the risk of a crash.

"Alcohol is really simple because there is an objective test that shows a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 ... is too high to drive", Mr. Hedlund said. Because marijuana can linger in a system for weeks, a driver might not be intoxicated when being tested, he said. Furthermore, the records only record drug presence, not drug concentrations that can be compared to blood-alcohol levels. It goes on to say police may have a harder time identifying those drugged drivers.

Roadside screenings for drugs that use saliva are being tested, and tests that use breath are being developed, Hedlund said. Another kind of drug was found in 26 percent of tested driver fatalities. Responsibity.org, the website for the alcohol responsibility group, is providing $100,000 in grants this year to IL and four other states to train officers. "The more we can synthesize the latest research and share what's going on around the country to address drug-impaired driving, the better positioned states will be to prevent it".

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The second-place finisher in Beijing-Ukraine's Lyudmila Blonska-has also been disqualified for doping. Tatiana Chernova's 2008 sample tested positive for anabolic steroid turinabol.

"Years ago, the common phrase at a party at the end of the night was, 'How about one for the road?'" Mr. Hedlund said.

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