State-Specific Prevalence of Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Secondhand Smoke Rules and Policies in Homes and Workplaces --- United States, 2005
To measure the prevalence of alcohol and other drug use among persons killed in motor-vehicle crashes in West Virginia, CDC analyzed 2004 and 2005 data reported by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which determined that the prevalence of drug use was similar to the prevalence of a blood alcohol concentration among persons killed in motor-vehicle crashes. Created: 12/8/2006 by MMWR.
Date Released: 12/8/2006. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A Minute of Health with CDC
December 8, 2006
Alcohol and Drug Use Among Traffic Fatalities in West Virginia 2004-2005
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Every half hour, someone is killed in a car accident involving a drinking
Last year, over thirty percent of drivers killed in traffic crashes had blood
levels over the legal limit.
A group of CDC researchers specializes in alcohol and drug related injuries.
study in West Virginia, they found that men were more likely to be involved
fatal drug and alcohol related crashes.
Fatal crashes involving victims less than 35 years old were more likely to
alcohol and people over 35 were more likely to have impairing drugs in their
systems. Narcotic painkillers, medicines for anxiety, and marijuana were the
most commonly detected drugs.
Be safe this holiday season and use public transportation or let a designated
driver get you home if you’ll be drinking or are impaired for any other
Remember that some prescription and over-the-counter drugs can impair your
driving – especially if you’re starting a new medication or your
dose is increased.
Ask your doctor if you have concerns.
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