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Stoned Driving Is Far Safer Than Operating a Vehicle on Prescription Drugs, Study Says

Stoned Driving Is Far Safer Than Operating a Vehicle on Prescription Drugs, Study Says

June 17, 2021 | Chris Moore

Driving while stoned is far safer than driving under the influence of prescription medications or other legal drugs, according to a new study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy.

A team of Australian researchers set out to test the validity of zero tolerance THC driving laws by studying how often Australians involved in traffic accidents tested positive for cannabis, opioids, or other drugs. An analysis of accident data revealed that the risks of driving under the influence of cannabis are considerably lower than for many legal prescription drugs.

Study author Iain McGregor, professor at The Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics at the University of Sydney, told the Australian Associated Press that the risk of driving under the influence of cannabis is “considerably less than with many medications such as antidepressants, opioids and benzodiazepines.”

Stoned Driving Is Far Safer Than Operating a Vehicle on Prescription Drugs, Study Says






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