Study says: Drinking and Driving Unsafe at any Level.

February 6, 2014 0

Even a .01 blood alcohol content (BAC) can impair driving, reports a new large-scale study, which found small amounts of alcohol made drivers nearly twice as likely to be at fault in an accident with a sober driver. “We find no safe combination of drinking and driving — no point at which it is harmless to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car,” lead researcher and University of San Diego sociologist David […]

Cannabis Use Doubles Chances of Vehicle Crash, Review Finds

November 25, 2013 0

Drivers who consume cannabis within three hours of driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a vehicle collision as those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, claims a paper published recently on the British Medical Journal website. The paper’s authors, from Dalhousie University, reviewed nine studies with a total sample of 49,411 people to determine whether the consumption of cannabis increases the risk of a motor vehicle collision.This is the […]

The Hidden Dangers of Medical Marijuana

September 3, 2013 0

Is medical marijuana safe? Marijuana is included in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Schedule I group of drugs. As such, it is legally categorized as being one of the most dangerous drugs, with the highest potential for addiction and with no accepted medical use. Not even cocaine is included in Schedule I. Is marijuana really so dangerous that it deserves to be listed as a Schedule I controlled substance? That question is the subject of an […]

Lunch Time Tweet of the Day

August 8, 2013 0

In 2009, an estimated 10.5 million people age 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in the previous year. #FOTD — Lake County DFC (@LakeCountyDFC) August 5, 2013

Underage Drunk Driving Fatalities (Under 21)

May 30, 2013 0

Since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began recording alcohol-related statistics in 1982, among persons under 21, the number killed in drunk driving crashes decreased 76% from the record high of 5,215 in 1982 to 1,249 in 2011. These fatalities account for 13% of the drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2013) For every 100,000 Americans under the age of 21, 1.4 people were killed in drunk driving fatalities in 2011. The […]

Marijuana & Public Health

May 28, 2013 0

This is from the excellent site SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) on the reality we face with public health surrounding marijuana legalization. Health Issues at a Glance Science has learned more about marijuana in the past 20 years than in the preceding two centuries. Ironically, however, there has been a major disconnection between the scientific knowledge gained and the public’s understanding of the drug. People often refer to their own experiences with marijuana, rather than […]

Are Teen Drivers Operating Under The Delusion That They Are Indestructible?

May 13, 2013 0

USA Today April 25, 2013– Nearly 23 percent of teens admit to driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or prescription drugs at some point, according to a new Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual survey of 1,708 11th and 12th graders. Almost 20 percent of those who drink and drive say alcohol improves their driving–a view shared by 34 percent of those who drive under the influence of marijuana. Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/25/teens-drunken-driving-impaired-survey/2106325

National Study: Teen Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008

May 1, 2013 0

Stimulants Contributing to Sustained Rx Epidemic  New, nationally projectable survey results released today by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a 33 percent increase over the past five years. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found troubling data on teen misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants. One in eight teens (13 percent) […]

Why we should not legalize marijuana

March 18, 2013 0

Here is an excellent article from CNBC on Marijuana. The link to the original article can be found here. Contrary to the beliefs of those who advocate the legalization of marijuana, the current balanced, restrictive, and bipartisan drug policies of the United States are working reasonably well and they have contributed to reductions in the rate of marijuana use in our nation. The rate of current, past 30-day use of marijuana by Americans aged 12 […]

Facts on Drugged Driving

January 8, 2013 0

Americans are all-too familiar with the terrible consequences of drunk driving. We also are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of driving with distractions such as text messaging or talking on a cell phone. Working with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and other Federal agencies, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is taking steps to highlight the growing problem of drugged driving. Overview The National Drug Control Strategy includes a goal of reducing […]

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