Drugged driving is increasing, and these numbers are scary!
According to The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, "Car accidents rank as the second leading cause of unintentional deaths in the US." As of 2017, there have been 40,327 deaths recorded from a car accident! Our opioid crisis is only increasing, and it is increasing fatal car accidents.
Prescribed medication is twice as likely to be found in fatal motor accidents (Jupe, 2019). There has been research done that revealed 31.7% of drivers were under the influence of hydrocodone while driving. Hydrocodone is known to have the following side effects: lightheadedness, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, mood changes, headache, etc. It is likely to see situations where the driver swerves to the opposite lane and go head on with incoming traffic. It is also common for users to misinterpret their prescription instructions.
Morphine, oxycodone, methadone, and other opioids were also found in drivers under the influence. Secondly, drivers from the age of 17-35 and 65+ are more likely to be the cause of these accidents.
For more information on data of fatal car accidents and opioids, you can visit CDC website.