Drugged Driving—What You Should Know
In 2016, 44 percent
of drivers in fatal car crashes (with known results) tested positive for drugs, according to a report entitled "Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States"
by the Governors Highway Safety Association. This is up from 28 percent in 2006.
What substances are used the most when driving?
After alcohol, marijuana is the most commonly used drug.
Check out the graphic below from the National Institute on Drug Abuse about the effects different drugs can have on driving (click to enlarge).
Not only is driving while high illegal, it's also very dangerous. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse
, the effects of marijuana can include: altered senses and sense of time, slow reaction time, anxiety, hallucinations and more.
For complete article go to Get Smart About Drugs – Drug Driving
Cannabis Use & Your Babies Heart - Contemporary epidemiology of rising atrial septal defect trends across USA 1991–2016: a combined ecological geospatiotemporal and causal inferential study
Cardiovascular anomalies are the largest group of congenital anomalies and the major cause of death in young children, with various data linking rising atrial septal defect incidence (ASDI) with prenatal cannabis exposure. Objectives / Hypotheses: Is cannabis associated with ASDI in USA? Is this relationship causal?
ASDI rose nationally three-fold from 27.4 to 82.8 / 10,000 births 1991–2014 during a period when tobacco and alcohol abuse were falling but cannabis was rising.
For complete research go to BMC Pediatrics 2020
With Pot Rules Relaxed, More U.S. Teens Driving While High: Study
50% of U.S. teens who use marijuana on a regular basis admit to driving while high, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open
The reach these findings, researchers looked at data from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
. "Marijuana can impair cognitive abilities that are critical for safe driving," the study’s lead researcher Dr. Motao Zhu, an associate professor of epidemiology at Ohio State University College of Public Health said. "This is a serious issue that requires our attention." "Definitely, there's more availability of marijuana from legal channels," Zhu said. "Maybe teens feel marijuana isn't as harmful as they thought in the past." Read more.
“Most people have been conned into using the word ‘overdose’ regarding illicit drugs! No such thing! Why? Because it clearly implies there is a 'safe' dose which can be taken - and everyone knows that's a lie. The same goes for the words 'use' and abuse'. Those terms can only be applied to prescribed pharmaceuticals because they have a prescribed safe dose. For example, I have asked each jurisdiction in Australia if the legal amount of alcohol when driving, up to 0.49, is considered safe for driving. All said no - they would not state that!”
Drug Watch International