Drugs and traffic fatalities are a serious problem in the Syracuse community. Illicit drugs have flooded the high school and University campuses here. It appears a shockingly high number of students in the Syracuse High School district, http://bit.ly/lA46jh, and at Syracuse University,http://bit.ly/bGzfrz, use illicit drugs. Many of these students also drink alcohol. And many high school and college graduates who have entered the work force also drink alcohol and use drugs. It has been shown there is a higher number of driver deaths associated with the abuse of alcohol and drugs.
Clearly there must be initiatives to impress upon the Syracuse community the health benefits of getting natural highs instead of using alcohol and drugs to get high. A long walk or bike ride in the beautiful parks here is a much healthier and safer way to get a high, http://bit.ly/kjNHUB. A large number of people here lose their potentially productive lives to the side effects of alcohol and drugs and to traffic fatalities associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Forensic pathology tests have revealed that among the drivers killed in car crashes many have tested positive for alcohol and drugs.
Robert Preidt has reported for HealthDay “Drug Use May Play Role in 25% of Driver Deaths, Study Finds”, http://bit.ly/m3LQYh. A new study has shown that among U.S. drivers who have died in a car crash, about one in four of them tested positive for drugs. According to this study which has been published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs most often the drivers were found to have been using marijuana and stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines. Furthermore, each of these drugs were found to account for one-quarter of the positive tests, http://bit.ly/kuIAXf.
The researchers said in this study it could not be confirmed that the illicit drugs used by the drivers who were killed were directly responsible for the fatal crashes. These researchers explained that some drivers who use illegal drugs may simply be reckless drivers. However, a recent government study has discovered that 14 percent of U.S. drivers who were randomly pulled over had a positive test for drugs. And the finding that the rate of drug use was 11 percent higher among drivers who were involved in fatal crashes strongly suggests that drug use contributes to road deaths.
Study co-author Robert B. Voas has said “The suspicion is there, because when you look at drivers who’ve been in fatal crashes, the percentage using drugs is a good deal higher.” The authors have gone on to say that when a driver is drinking alcohol and also taking drugs the alcohol is generally responsible for the primary impairment to driving. The lead study author Eduardo Romano has said “Alcohol is still the largest contributor to fatal crashes Don’t drink or don’t consume drugs when you’re going to drive.”
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