Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs
According to The National Safety Council, the odds of dying from an opioid overdose in America are 1 in 96. This chilling statistic of drugged driving incidents stole headlines.
For the first time, people were more likely to die of an opioid overdose than in a vehicular accident.
Opioid Addiction Increasing Drugged Driving
Not surprisingly, these numbers correlate with the opioid addiction epidemic happening in the country. While many in America may look at opioid addiction as someone else’s problem, the truth is that opioid addiction can have a significant impact on anyone who chooses to get in a vehicle. A Columbia University study stated that people who are taking prescription painkillers are more than two times as likely to be involved in a fatal car wreck as the result of drugged driving.
The study shows that the increased risk associated with opioid use is primarily due to drivers being unable to focus and stay in the proper lane. More than half of the car crashes identified involved a car drifting, which led to a deadly crash.
Preventing Drug Addiction and Drugged Driving
While it’s true that driving under the influence of an opioid is illegal in every state, too many drivers do not realize it or do not choose to obey the law. Generally, mixing alcohol and driving is a combination most individuals understand they should avoid. However, many feel as if they are “fine” to drive while taking a prescribed medication. Even at the lowest prescription level, opioid use has an impact on a person’s ability to focus, which makes driving a risky proposition and thus leading to these increasing drugged driving incident reports.
The most chilling fact of the study is that people on painkillers are more than two times as likely to cause fatal accidents. So, imagine what people addicted to more potent opioids such as heroin are capable of behind the wheel.
Opiate Addiction Rehab Options
It’s up to physicians and also loved ones to ensure that anyone they know who is taking prescription painkillers avoids driving. Additionally, they help them to avoid a potentially deadly addiction. Awareness is essential early on. Some people with more addictive personalities choose to ask for alternatives to prescription painkillers to prevent risks. For example, non-narcotic painkillers offer lower risk solutions for pain management. Thus, these decisions can potentially save multiple lives.
If you or someone you care about has formed an opioid addiction, it’s not too late. Call (866) 308-2090 to learn how our opiate addiction treatment facility can assist in the rehabilitation process.