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Florida’s Problem with Marijuana-Impaired Driving

Simple Path Recovery on June 14, 2019

Marijuana-Impaired Driving Is a Problem in Florida 

The increasing death toll and number of DUIs is attracting attention and Florida is beginning to understand the role that marijuana plays in vehicular accidents, impairing drivers more than you think.

 

The Results Are in The Data

According to News Channel 8 On Your Side, marijuana was a contributing factor to a third of the drug-related crashes of 2018. There was also a report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle revealing that 422 people died in collisions where marijuana and other different substances were involved.1

 

Legalized or Not, Marijuana Is a Problem

As more states legalize recreational marijuana use, people feel as if they can get behind the wheel safely. “If it’s in the body, whether it’s legally or illegally, don’t get behind the wheel of a car,” said Larry Coggins, the executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.1 The debate regarding safe driving, or driving at all, while under the influence of marijuana, whether or not it’s consumed for medicinal purposes, has been going on for years and continues to this day.

 

Larry Coggins has spent more than 25 years in law enforcement, increasing awareness about the serious nature of driving under the influence of marijuana. He hopes the information in the data report is a wakeup call for people to take the issue seriously.

 

Symptoms You May Have if You Are Addicted to Marijuana

  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased appetite

Getting Help to Treat Marijuana Addiction

Regardless of your opinion on the subject of marijuana, the data does reflect a connection between marijuana and auto accidents. Many people have certainly felt that this is not a drug that should be classified in the same boat as opioids but should still be consumed in a responsible manner. Like alcohol and even cold medication, which are perfectly legal, you shouldn’t abuse it nor drive a vehicle under the influence of any substance.

 

A drug treatment center will be able to properly diagnose and offer treatment options if you feel that you cannot stop using marijuana. Despite the knowledge that marijuana is disrupting and negatively impacting their life, some people don’t feel they can just stop using marijuana. If there was ever a time to stop, it’s now as the death rate caused by marijuana-impaired driving continues to rise.

The specialists at our Pompano drug treatment center have the resources and support so you can overcome this hurdle. Call our staff today to find out more about our programs.

 

Sources:

  1. News Channel 8 On Your Side – Riding High: Florida’s marijuana-impaired driving problem revealed

 

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