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Acknowledging the increase in drugged driving

California residents may know that alcohol and marijuana are the two most commonly used substances for those who drive while impaired. However, substances such as heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs are all also being used by those who have been found impaired while in a vehicle. One viral video showed an Ohio man passed out in a van while it was in gear.

The vehicle was not moving because he had his foot on the brake. He also survived because he was given a product called Narcan to overcome the effects of the illegal substance that he had used. According to the 2014 National Survey of Drug Use and Health, 10 million people had admitted to driving while under the influence of an illicit drug. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pointed to a 2011 study that found drugged driving is just as common among college students as drunk driving.

In 2015, there was a 9.3 percent increase in traffic deaths over the prior year, and states such as Michigan, Ohio and Indiana were among those impacted the most by this increase. Florida and parts of the Pacific Northwest have dealt with increasing heroin and methamphetamine use among residents. One reasons for the increase may be the strict schedule that an addict may maintain, which means that he or she won't wait to get home before using.

Those who are charged with driving under the influence of drugs could face serious consequences. They may spend time in jail, face a fine and lose their drivers licenses temporarily or permanently. An attorney may help to cast doubt on the evidence used to charge a driver in an effort to prevent a conviction.

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