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Underage college men discount dangers of driving after marijuana use

Underage college men discount dangers of driving after marijuana use

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, May 14, 2014)  University of Massachusetts at Amherst. (2014, May 12). Underage college men discount dangers of driving after marijuana use. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140512214039.htm

ScienceDaily Summary

Underage male college students who report using marijuana in the month before they were surveyed had a high prevalence of driving under its influence and of riding with a marijuana-using driver, at a rate more than double that of driving or riding after alcohol use, say researchers.

Journal Reference:

Jennifer M. Whitehill, Frederick P. Rivara, Megan A. Moreno. Marijuana-Using Drivers, Alcohol-Using Drivers, and Their PassengersJAMA Pediatrics, 2014; DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5300

Acute cannabis consumption and motor vehicle collision risk

Acute cannabis consumption and motor vehicle collision risk: systematic review of observational studies and meta-analysis

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e536 (Published 09 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e536

Mark Asbridge, associate professor, Jill A Hayden, assistant professor, Jennifer L Cartwright, research coordinator 1Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 1V7

“Driving under the influence of cannabis was associated with a significantly increased risk of motor vehicle collisions compared with unimpaired driving. … Acute cannabis consumption nearly doubles the risk of a collision resulting in serious injury or death … “

 

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