Q&Q - Impairment by Prescription Medication
A few months back you commented on drugs and driving and the issues therein. I think you people do a heck of a great job and drug testing I am certain is a growing problem for police officers .
I would like to add some input on this subject too . There are many side effects such as slower reaction times and emotional stress inherent in many “prescription medications” which often the users seem unaware of . Sleeping pills are regularly prescribed to increasing numbers of people as well as many forms of anti-depressants so what a mix and mess you have to deal with !
I have used a few medications over the years and am very aware of side-effects the following day so I curtail driving until the medication is out of my system and I am back to normal . If I take the occasional sleeping aid for instance I can tell there are effects in my body and mind until about 1:00 or 2:00 P.M the next day so. Knowing this I simply do not get behind the wheel .
My advantages are years of experience through awareness in drug / alcohol counseling and also being retired so now I don’t “have” to drive to work each day .
I do wonder though how many others are as alert to this “prescription” danger ?
On the same topic I daily observe drivers wandering in their lane , changing lanes without looking or signaling, following too close and aggressive driving . The female to male ratio seems about the same to me . I believe a certain number are likely on anti-depressants or feeling the after effects of some sort of sleeping aid .
A hard job for testing and enforcement no doubt !
Medications do help settle many people down and do lessen their physical and mental effects after a few weeks of regular dosage but I also know many take prescription meds. sporadically , unfortunately .
Would it help if Government spent more money in education and public awareness on this subject ?