Marijuana is not the only drug that law enforcement is trying to detect in drivers. Opioid use is on the rise and, as more overdose deaths happen each year, law enforcement officials are highlighting the problems with prescription drug use, including impaired driving. Other drugs, like Tramadol, Ambien, Xanax, Zoloft, to name a few, are also some of the more common drugs we see with DUI-D cases.
What to be Aware of
Drivers also need to be aware of how use of multiple drugs may affect their ability to drive. Here is a common example- a person has a glass of wine with dinner, but also consumes their daily prescription for Xanax. If the driver took only one of these substances, they would probably not be impaired to drive. But, if they are taken together, the combined effect of the two drugs may be amplified. In other words, even if two different drugs are taken at low levels, the combination of the two could lead to impairment. Drivers need to make sure that they understand the impact these medications have on their ability to drive.