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Drugged Driving

ICADTS Conference Session Explores Role of New Psychoactive Drugs

The 2013 International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) conference featured a session on the impact of new psychoactive drugs on traffic safety. NIDA International Program Director Steven W. Gust, Ph.D., and Marilyn A. Huestis, Ph.D., NIDA Intramural Research Program, co-chaired the session and described the rapid emergence of these designer drugs. By mid-2013, more than 90 nations had reported that new psychoactive substances were available in their countries, with the 351 new drugs far exceeding the 234 substances controlled under international treaties.

DRUID Conference Focuses on Drugged Driving

The European Union’s (EU) Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines (DRUID) held its last meeting earlier this fall, marking a 5-year effort to gain insight into the full impact of substance abuse on road safety.

EU Study Documents Prevalence of Drugged Driving

A summary report has been issued on the European Union (EU) research project on Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines (DRUID). The summary reviews the findings of 50 reports, conducted over 5 years across 18 countries, that provide scientific evidence on levels of drug and alcohol use among drivers and recommends actions to improve road safety and policy. Random roadside surveys detected alcohol in 3.5% of drivers; illicit drugs in 1.9% of drivers; and psychoactive medications in 1.4% of drivers.