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Opioids and unsafe driving

The use and misuse of opioids in this country has become a hot topic, and some states have noticed a dramatic increase in addiction to them and subsequent effects. Drivers in Arizona who are taking opioid medication for a health condition need to be aware that their effect can greatly affect driving abilities. In fact, if found to be operating under the influence of these controlled substance, the driver may face DUI charges because drugs have been shown to impair driving in a similar manner to alcohol.

According to the American College of Surgeons, medical research has concluded that use of opioids is associated with an increase in motor vehicle accidents because some of the effects of these drugs include confusion and sleepiness. As a result of these findings, experts have encouraged increased efforts to inform patients of the risks of driving and other activities while taking them. 

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, taking opioids along with alcohol or illegal drugs is extremely dangerous. These drugs include:

  • Unauthorized marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • LSD
  • Heroin
  • Inhalants such as glue or lighter fluid
  • Black market prescription drugs
  • Methamphetamine

Taking any of these in conjunction with opioids can lead to death or severe harm. In fact, if a medical provider is aware of this misuse, he or she may stop prescribing opioids and recommend an alternative pain treatment. Needless to say, driving while under these influences is a strict no-no, as there is a good chance the end result is a very serious or fatal crash. 

 

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