Now the cops have to deal with car crashes caused by people on prescription drugs. The question has been raised “How do we balance between people who legitimately need their prescriptions and protecting the public?”
Is there more than one answer? If someone is messed up they shouldn’t drive. If they can’t function without mind altering drugs, like Oxycontin and Adderall they aren’t in any shape to drive anyway. Prescription Drug Abuse is on the rise and we need to stop it!
Drug treatment is the place for people like this – not behind the wheel.
“Car crashes involving prescription drugs are often harder to detect and prosecute than those involving alcohol or illicit drugs, the New York Times reported July 25.
Drunk-driving crashes are declining, but law-enforcement officials say that more people are being charged with driving under the influence of prescription drugs. However, unlike with alcohol, there’s no standard for intoxication for prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, and other legal drugs. Also, taking such drugs (alone or in combination with other substances or alcohol) has widely different effects on different people — all of which makes prosecuting such offenses harder.
“How do we balance between people who legitimately need their prescriptions and protecting the public?” said Mark Neil of the National Traffic Law Center. “It becomes a very delicate balance.”