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Drugged, driving and dead

Driving while high is a good way to get laid low. At the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, in Calverton, Maryland, Eduardo Romano and Robert Voas saw this in federal data on drug tests on drivers in fatal crashes.

Dr. Voas:

``Drugs were more frequent in fatally injured drivers in single vehicle crashes. About 25 percent had a drug in their system.’’ (10 seconds)

Voas says stimulants, such as amphetamines, were linked to all types of crash deaths, including speeding, not paying attention and not wearing seatbelts. But he says other drugs, notably marijuana, also were implicated in fatal wrecks.

The report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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