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Growing Number of Fatal Crashes Linked to Drug Use: Study

The findings come at a crucial time, as the U.S. faces an opioid epidemic, and more and more states are legalizing marijuana

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    Growing Number of Fatal Crashes Linked to Drug Use: Study
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    A new study finds that a growing number of drivers involved in deadly accidents are testing positive for drugs, especially opioids and marijuana.

    A new study finds that a growing number of drivers involved in deadly accidents are testing positive for drugs, especially opioids and marijuana, NBC News reported. It is unclear, though, whether the drugs are actually the culprit in those crashes.

    The group that released the study, the Governors Highway Safety Association, cautions that it is difficult to fully understand the extent to which “drugged driving” is becoming a problem.

    “Drugs can impair, and drug-impaired drivers can crash,” said report author Dr. Jim Hedlund, a former senior official with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “But it’s impossible to understand the full scope of the drugged driving problem because many drivers who are arrested or involved in crashes, even those who are killed, are not tested for drugs. Drivers who are drug-positive may not necessarily be impaired.”

    The findings come at a crucial time, as the U.S. faces an opioid epidemic, and more and more states are legalizing marijuana.

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    [NATL] Toddler Towed With Car, Left in Freezing Wisconsin Lot Overnight

    A 4-year-old girl was left alone inside a minivan overnight in a Milwaukee tow lot, authorities said. An impaired driver was pulled over and arrested for operating while intoxicated. Officers removed a 10-month-old child from the vehicle but left the 4-year-old girl, who spent the night in the tow lot where temperatures dropped to 19 degrees.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018)