driving under the influence of drugs

What is Drugged Driving

Drugged driving is driving under the influence of legal or illegal substances. Many people know that it isn’t safe to drive after drinking alcohol. It’s also unsafe to drive after using illicit drugs or after misusing prescription drugs.

Driving under the influence of drugs is dangerous not just for the person using drugs, but also for passengers and other people who share the road. And driving while high is against the law.

How common is drugged driving?

It’s more common than you might think. Take a look at the statistics in the infographic below.

How Common is Drugged Driving? In 2017, among people of ages 16 or older.. 21.4 million drove after drinking alcohol. 12.8 million drove after using illicit drugs.* In 2016, among people killed in driving accidents: 43.6% of drivers who were drug tested and had positive results. 50.5% were positive for two or more drugs. 40.7 % were positive for alcohol. *illicit drugs = marijuana, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or methamphetamine.
(Image by NIDA.)

What are the effects of drugs on driving?

Marijuanacocainemethamphetamineopioidssedatives, and alcohol all make driving unsafe.

What are effects of Drugs on Driving? Driving under the influence of drugs affects you and everyone around you. Effects of Drugs on Driving: Marijuana—slows reaction time and impairs judgment of time and distance. Methamphetamine or Cocaine—aggressive and reckless behaviors. Opioids—drowsiness and impaired memory and thinking skills. Sedatives (benzodiazepines, barbiturates, etc.)—dizziness and drowsiness
(Image by NIDA.)

How can you help prevent friends from driving while on drugs?  

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