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Posted 10/03/2017

Which Drugs Are Linked to Drugged Driving?

Which Drugs Are Linked to Drugged Driving?

Drugged driving is driving while impaired by illegal or prescription drugs. Drugs linked to drugged driving include marijuana, prescription pain relievers, benzodiazepines, and cocaine. 

No matter which drugs are involved, drugged driving endangers lives.

Marijuana and Drugged Driving

Marijuana is by far the most common drug implicated in drugged driving accidents. However, just because a driver tests positive for marijuana use doesn’t mean he or she was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash. 

THC, the active compound in marijuana, stays in the body for weeks after use, meaning that a driver who tests positive for the drug might have used it days or weeks ago and will no longer be impaired by the time of the crash. 

Some research suggests that drivers who have THC in their blood are twice as likely to be killed in a crash or cause a fatal crash as drivers who do not have THC in their blood, while other studies have shown no correlation with marijuana use and fatal traffic accidents where alcohol is not involved.

However, drivers often combine marijuana use with alcohol and other drugs, including cocaine and benzodiazepines. Drivers who use drugs with alcohol or use multiple drugs at once are more likely to be involved in drugged driving incidents.

Prescription Drugs and Drugged Driving

Benzodiazepines and prescription pain relievers are the most common prescription drugs associated with drugged driving accidents, with 47 percent of drugged drivers in fatal crashes testing positive for prescription drug use. However, it’s not known how much of that drug use was medically prescribed versus how much was recreational. 

Contact Siler & Ingber, LLP

It isn’t just driving under the influence of alcohol that can be dangerous. Driving while drugged can result in serious accidents, as well. If you have been in an accident because someone else was driving under the influence, the attorneys at Siler & Ingber, LLP can help. To schedule a consultation, call us at 1-877-LAW-4343 or visit our website.

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