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New study shows cannabis effects on driving skills

New study shows cannabis effects on driving skills

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, March 1, 2013)  American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). (2013, March 1). New study shows cannabis effects on driving skills. ScienceDaily.  Retrieved May 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130301122256.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

Cannabis is second only to alcohol for causing impaired driving and motor vehicle accidents. In 2009, 12.8% of young adults reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs and in the 2007 National Roadside Survey, more drivers tested positive for drugs than for alcohol. These cannabis smokers had a 10-fold increase in car crash injury compared with infrequent or nonusers after adjustment for blood alcohol concentration.

Journal Reference:

M. M. Bergamaschi, E. L. Karschner, R. S. Goodwin, K. B. Scheidweiler, J. Hirvonen, R. H. C. Queiroz, M. A. Huestis. Impact of Prolonged Cannabinoid Excretion in Chronic Daily Cannabis Smokers’ Blood on Per Se Drugged Driving LawsClinical Chemistry, 2013; DOI: 10.1373/clinchem.2012.195503

 

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