For decades, American society has been well-aware of the problems associated
with alcohol and driving. High schools educate teens about the dangers
of drinking and driving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MAAD) has its
anti-drinking and driving campaigns, and state and federal agencies have theirs.
driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol remains a top safety concern, a whole new problem has
emerged on the scene – driving under the influence of
prescription medications, which can be
as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.
The is the issue: The number of Americans who are addicted to prescription
meds has skyrocketed nationwide, especially as access to prescription
drugs has become easier through low-income programs like Medi-Cal and Medicaid.
According to the
National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Most drugs of abuse can alter a person’s thinking and judgement,
leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious
Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs:
- Prescription opioids, including: Codeine, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Meperidine,
Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphine.
- Prescription sedatives, including: Nembutal, Luminal, Xanax, Limbitrol,
Valium, Ativan, Halicon, Lunesta, Sonata, and Ambien.
- Prescription stimulants, including: Adderall, Benzedrine, Concerta, and Ritalin.
If prescription opioids or sedatives are combined with alcohol, they can
slow down the breathing and heart rate, possibly leading to coma or death.
If a person is addicted to prescription opioids or sedatives and they mix
them with alcohol and get behind the wheel, it can lead to a
drug-related DUI or worse, a fatal DUI crash.
Despite the fact that prescription stimulants are meant to help people
increase their alertness and attention, it is not safe to mix them with
alcohol. When prescription stimulants are combined with alcohol, they
mask the depressant effect of alcohol, increasing the person’s risk
of alcohol overdose and DUI.
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