According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)
Public Health Reports, prescription drugs are frequently found in the
blood of drivers involved in fatal car accidents in the United States.
Gone are the days when drunk drivers were our only concern, and now many
people are on multiple drugs, especially prescription and over-the-counter
(OTC), which multiplies their impairment. Today, drivers are more likely
to test positive for drugs than drivers two decades ago, and drugged drivers
are now likely to be 50 years of age or older.
The Dangers of Driving on Prescription Drugs
It is imperative to understand that a variety of drugs which can be purchased
legally, over the counter, or by prescription can still impair drivers
just as effectively as alcohol or illegal substances.
Besides alcohol and marijuana, prescription drugs are commonly linked to
drugged driving collisions. About 47% of driver who tested positive for
drugs had used a prescription drug, in comparison to 37% of those had
used marijuana and about 10% of those who had used cocaine.
Those involved in car accidents due to prescription drugs are more likely
to have taken psychotropic substances for days, weeks, or even months.
Psychotropic drugs are those which alter your mental processes and are
often prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, and depression.
Common legally obtained drugs with the capacity to impair driving and cause
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- Sleeping pills
If you suffered an injury after being involved in a car accident in Missouri
caused by a driver under the influence of prescription drugs, contact
our Springfield personal injury attorney at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. today.