The Need to Treat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs as Seriously as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

11 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2018

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Paul J. Larkin, Jr.

The Heritage Foundation

Robert DuPont

Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc

Bertha K Madras, PhD

Harvard University - Department of Psychiatry

Date Written: May 16, 2018

Abstract

After 40 years of education, prevention, and intervention by law enforcement authorities, American society has seen a significant decline in alcohol-related crashes and fatalities. But various drugs can also severely impair the brain, and drugged driving can be as deadly as drunk driving. It is time to address the complex problem of drugged driving and commit ourselves to keeping that preventable behavior from offsetting the reduction in morbidity and mortality that our efforts against drunk driving have produced. Reasonable steps can be taken to keep someone from maiming or killing innocent people by using drugs and driving. We should not let the perfect be the enemy of the good — certainly not where what is good and doable will save lives.

Keywords: Driving Under the Influence, DUI, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, DUID

Suggested Citation

Larkin, Jr., Paul James and DuPont, Robert and Madras, Bertha, The Need to Treat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs as Seriously as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (May 16, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3183955 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3183955

Paul James Larkin, Jr. (Contact Author)

The Heritage Foundation ( email )

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Robert DuPont

Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc ( email )

6191 Executive Blvd
Rockville, MD 20852
United States

Bertha Madras

Harvard University - Department of Psychiatry ( email )

Boston, MA
United States

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