How Prescription Drugs Can Cause Accidents

How Prescription Drugs Can Cause Accidents

DrugsAccording 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 accidents include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines
  • 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.