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Updated 02 July 2014

Drugs play major role in fatal car crashes

Drug use triples drivers' risk of a fatal car crash, and the combination of drugs and alcohol causes an astronomical increase of 23 times the risk.

Drug use triples drivers' risk of a fatal car crash, and the combination of drugs and alcohol causes an astronomical increase of 23 times the risk, according to a new study.

Overall, drivers who tested positive for drugs were three times more likely than those who tested negative to be involved in a lethal crash. Depressants were associated with the highest risk of a fatal crash, followed by stimulants, narcotics and marijuana, among the drugs that were studied.

Interaction of drugs and alcohol

 
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