According to data gathered by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, researchers found that drugged drivers tripled the death rate compared to non-drugged drivers. As reported by HealthDay, the findings were published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.
Depressant drugs, such as sedatives and tranquilizers were the drugs that presented the most risk. This was followed by stimulants, narcotics and marijuana, according to the study.
Alcohol use still created a higher risk of fatality for fatal accidents, with a 13-fold increase. The highest category went to those drivers who tested positive for alcohol and drugs, who were 23 times more likely to cause a death.
In a news release from Columbia University, study leader Dr. Guohua Li said, “While alcohol-impaired driving remains the greatest threat to traffic safety, these findings about drugged driving are particularly salient in light of the increases in the availability of prescription stimulants and opioids over the past decade.”
The study bings up valid points when looking at the overall number of prescriptions being filled these days. Many prescription bottles have warnings not to operate vehicles or heavy machinery, and it would be interesting to know how many other fatal crashed were the result of a wider range of prescription drug use.
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