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Alcohol, drugs common in fatal crashes: Study

Published on Sep 10, 2012 9:11 AM

HEALTH (REUTERS) - More than half of United States drivers killed in car accidents had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of the crash, according to a study.

Using data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on road deaths in 14 states, researchers also found that men and people driving at night were the most likely to have alcohol, marijuana or other illicit or prescription drugs show up on a toxicology screen after the accident.

Their results appeared in the journal Addiction.

"More than half of fatally injured drivers in the United States had been using alcohol or other drugs and approximately 20 per cent had been using (two or more) drugs," wrote Ms Joanne Brady of Columbia University and her colleagues.

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