posted on Jun, 22 2015 @ 12:38 AM
a reply to: onequestion
From the source you posted:
Alprazolam, the generic name for the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, surpassed marijuana in 2011 as the second-leading cause of impaired driving in Alabama
after alcohol, according to data from traffic stops compiled by the Department of Forensic Science. The data did not include car crashes, but Curt
Harper, toxicology discipline chief for the Alabama Department of Forensic Science, said he believed those figures would be similar.
I take that to mean that alcohol is the leading cause of DUI in Alabama and Xanax has beat out MJ for second place, being a factor in 29% of the DUIs
as compared to MJ being involved in 23% of the cases.
Of course it's a scam to generate more revenue. If you are "impaired" as defined by some legal statue, you will need all sorts of expensive
counseling and behavior modifications classes. These classes are offered by the prosecutor or the judge's old frat buddy or brother-in-law and you
are ordered to them by the judge.
The cops love the scam 'cause it gives them revenue.
The prosecutors and judges love it for the same reason.
The legal scum love it for the cash flow.
The insurance companies love it because they can radically hike your insurance rates.
The behavior modifying lobby loves it because they live off this stuff. A good 90% of them would be out of business if some government agency weren't
forcing clients to pay the bills.
Even if the drug is legally prescribed, because each human body is different, it can cause different reactions. One of those reactions might be that
the prescribed dose causes impairment. I don't think the statutes make a distinction between legal impairment and illegal impairment.
The figures I'd be interested in seeing are the ones from cases that involved both alcohol and prescription drugs. But apparently, from what I can
read in that article, if they blow high on the breathalyzer, they rely on that single factor so no cross-over statistics on alcohol/prescription drugs
It seems that the cases included in this study were of people who didn't blow as drunk but were obviously impaired.
Alcohol is know to boost the effects of many anti-anxiety drugs as well as produce unforeseen behavior.