Drugged Driving Is Deadly Driving

What do allergy medication and cocaine have in common? They both affect a person’s ability to drive! Drugged driving is a serious issue in the United States.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 10 million people, both adults and adolescents, admitted to driving under the influence of illicit drugs within the past year. Additionally, the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that 1 in 3 fatal car accidents involve drugged driving.

Illicit vs. Prescribed

Illicit drugs are a huge contribution to the problem. When a substance is illicit, that means that it is illegal to possess, use, or distribute. In the United States, common illicit drugs include cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and other hallucinogens, and heroin. In most states, marijuana is also illegal. Different illicit drugs affect driving in different ways. Stimulants, like ecstasy and cocaine, may cause a driver to behave erratically. Under the influence of stimulants, a driver may speed, rapidly change lanes, or display aggressive behavior. Depressants, like cannabis and heroin, reduce reaction time and inhibit coordination. Like alcohol, some drugs also contribute to drowsiness.

On the other hand, common medications also contribute to drugged driving. Cold and flu medication, allergy medication, prescribed anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication, and heart medication can all affect driving. Generally, medications effects are similar to those of illicit depressants: slowed reaction time, drowsiness, or a lack of coordination. If combined with other drugs or alcohol, however, common medications can lead to reckless or unpredictable behavior.

All Drugged Driving Is Dangerous

When it comes to the dangers of illicit drugs and driving, the solution is simple: don’t do illegal drugs! Along with the consequences of drugged driving, illegal substances can also lead to arrest, violence, relationship damage, mental health issues, and deterioration of personal health. There is absolutely no good reason to sell or use illicit drugs.

If you take medication, be aware of the side effects. If you are feeling tired, distracted, or otherwise inhibited by your medication, do not drive. When taking more than one medication, make sure they don’t negatively interact with each other. Avoid excessive alcohol use. Always remember that prescribed medications, even though they aren’t illegal, can have the same deadly results that illicit drugs do!


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