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Summer 2011 | Vol. 13 | No. 2
Drugged Driving Study Provides Roadmap for Addressing Problem
To better understand the scope of the drugged driving problem as well as potential countermeasures, the National Institute on Drug Abuse commissioned a new paper on behalf of the Institute for Behavior and Health Inc.’s Drugged Driving Committee. Committee members include top leaders across a broad spectrum of related disciplines including research, public policy, enforcement and law. The overarching goal of the effort is to achieve the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s goal of reducing drugged driving by 10 percent by 2015.
The report’s conclusion is that drugged driving is a serious public health and safety problem in the United States and that current efforts to address it are grossly inadequate. The authors say that now is the time to expand the drugged driving knowledge base to inform the development of more effective policies, laws and programs. The authors stress that a successful response to the problem of drugged driving holds the promise of improving highway safety, creating a path to long-term recovery, and improving the effectiveness of all drug abuse prevention and treatment efforts.
To achieve the ambitious goal of reducing drugged driving, the report recommends a comprehensive research plan and makes eight research recommendations.
- Evaluate impaired driving laws
- Evaluate and improve drugged driving data collection, including changes to FA RS and the National Roadside Survey
- Improve drugged driving education
- Identify and evaluate promising models for drugged driver identification
- Standardize drugged driver testing
- Conduct drug impairment research
- Conduct drugged driving behavioral research
- Conduct related treatment research
By expanding the drugged driving knowledge base, the authors believe it will be possible to develop appropriate drugged driving policies and programs.
For more information about the report and general drugged driving information, visit http://ondcp.gov/druggeddriving/index.html.