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Fatal Crashes Linked To Drugs On The Rise
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/ ^ | 5/31/18

Posted on 05/31/2018 8:05:21 AM PDT by BBell

CHICAGO (CBS) — A startling new report finds a dramatic rise in the number of deadly driving accidents involving drugs, including prescription medication.

Ron Edwards was riding his motorcycle in 2015 when a driver ran a red light and killed him. Police in Colorado say the driver of the car had marijuana in his system.

Earlier this year, Ron’s fiancee Barb talked about the crash.

“I just don’t want this to happen to somebody else.”

There’s an increase in deadly crashes involving drug use,according to a new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association or GHSA.

In 2016 alcohol was involved in 38 percent of driver deaths, while 44 percent of drivers killed tested positive for drugs. That’s a jump from just 28 percent who tested positive for drugs in 2006.

More than half of the drivers had marijuana, opioids, or a combination of the two in their system.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicago.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: crashes; drugs; fatal; marijuana; medication; opioids; prescription
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1 posted on 05/31/2018 8:05:21 AM PDT by BBell
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"Police in Colorado say the driver of the car had marijuana in his system."

That's a pretty meaningless statement in and of itself. Marijuana can remain in your "system" weeks or even months after any psychoactive effect has disappeared. THC is fat soluble.

2 posted on 05/31/2018 8:12:36 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: BBell

Right...none of these accidents...zero...would have happened unless there were drugs/alcohol involved.


3 posted on 05/31/2018 8:17:04 AM PDT by Bonemaker (invictus maneoWhat’s wrong with a Rhodes Scholar? It’s a high honor for educational achievement.)
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To: BBell

I know the current “heroin/opiate/fentanyl” epidemic has resulted in accidents, one can research it. So, yes, I lend credence to the story.

If one wants to talk about marijuana, I suppose it is there, I suppose states such as Washington (per Michael Medved, talk radio) has seen an increase in accidents but I would want to look at the data myself.


4 posted on 05/31/2018 8:21:34 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BBell

I guess the hippies were right when they said “no worse than alcohol”


5 posted on 05/31/2018 8:23:29 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Ban athiests, not guns)
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To: BBell

A nation rots from within. Throughout recorded history, hedonistic debauchery preceded the final collapse of nations. Sadly a near majority of American have embraced neo pagan values and behavior.


6 posted on 05/31/2018 8:25:35 AM PDT by allendale (.)
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To: BBell

Potheads kill.


7 posted on 05/31/2018 8:33:43 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: circlecity
From another article on the same subject.

Tests that detect marijuana's active ingredient, THC, don't always do so in a way that reflects whether a person is impaired, as traces of THC can remain in the system long after use and individual tolerance varies widely. But the group says it is reasonably certain to believe that marijuana has contributed to the causes of some crashes and increased the risk of driving for some motorists.

8 posted on 05/31/2018 8:35:08 AM PDT by BBell (calm down and eat your sandwiches)
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To: circlecity

Then percent of drivers in CO say that being high makes them better drivers!


9 posted on 05/31/2018 8:39:23 AM PDT by TexasGator (Z1)
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To: BBell
"But the group says it is reasonably certain to believe that marijuana has contributed to the causes of some crashes and increased the risk of driving for some motorists."

So this is a statement they just pulled out of their rear end. I don't want to go much farther with this because I am certainly not defending pot or driving stoned but I like to see real objective evidence in these types of articles.

10 posted on 05/31/2018 8:46:00 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: circlecity

Yep. It’s a bit like saying “the money tested for traces of cocaine.” Pretty much all money not fresh out of the mint will test positive for cocaine residue.

i.e. meaningless.


11 posted on 05/31/2018 9:05:29 AM PDT by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm using my wife's account.)
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To: BeadCounter

Honestly, I’d worry more about texters.


12 posted on 05/31/2018 9:06:12 AM PDT by robroys woman (So you're not confused, I'm using my wife's account.)
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To: BBell
Police in Colorado say the driver of the car had marijuana in his system.

IBTFPAS"MSIYSLATHIG"

In before the first pot apologist says "Marijuana stays in your system long after the high is gone".

13 posted on 05/31/2018 9:11:47 AM PDT by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: JimRed

You are late.


14 posted on 05/31/2018 9:13:34 AM PDT by BBell (calm down and eat your sandwiches)
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To: circlecity

Meaningless statement?

Tell that to Ron’s fiancé Barb.


15 posted on 05/31/2018 9:13:56 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: JimRed

OOPS! I should’a read #2...


16 posted on 05/31/2018 9:14:09 AM PDT by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: BBell

So zero tolerance for booze and pot, IOW a BAC of zero and a zero for THC. Wouldn’t bother me a bit.


17 posted on 05/31/2018 9:16:45 AM PDT by mewzilla (Has the FBI been spying on members of Congress?)
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To: BBell

Why is this startling?


18 posted on 05/31/2018 9:22:28 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: minnesota_bound

And there are a lot of FReeper potheads. At least Soros is happy.


19 posted on 05/31/2018 9:23:00 AM PDT by DLfromthedesert (#FreeTommyRobinson)
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To: JimRed

Too late


20 posted on 05/31/2018 9:24:25 AM PDT by DLfromthedesert (#FreeTommyRobinson)
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