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The Growing National Threat of Drug-Impaired Driving
Although the nation has made impressive strides in reducing alcohol-impaired driving, the related public safety threat of drug-impaired driving has been growing and is often overlooked. This presentation will discuss the nature of the larger impaired driving problem and the specific roles of drugs and alcohol. The threats posed by marijuana – the most frequently used drug by drivers other than alcohol – on the nation’s roads will be addressed at this unique time when many states have shifted to more permissive marijuana laws. This workshop will identify policy solutions and discuss the roles of prevention and treatment to reduce drugged driving.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the prevalence and seriousness of drug-impaired driving, identify crucial action needed to reduce drugged driving and articulate how efforts to prevent, identify and reduce drug-impaired driving enhance and do not retract from efforts related to alcohol-impaired driving. The session will also highlight the folly of the search for a blood level for marijuana and other drugs equivalent to the widely-used BAC 0.08 for alcohol and how to succeed in in reducing drugged driving without such a level.