Festive celebrations and shared good times are what we usually associate with the arrival of holidays. But all too often, drugs and alcohol have brought unbearable tragedy into the lives of countless Americans on what were expected to be joyous occasions.
There are many campaigns and organizations that promote awareness of drunk driving. But driving while under the influence of drugs, or “drugged driving,” is just as deadly. In fact, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,drunk driving rates are dropping while drugged driving rates are slightly rising. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website is promoting awareness of the problem.
Traditionally, driving under the influence meant that an individual was drinking alcohol or using illegal drugs before getting behind the wheel of a car. While this activity is illegal, it continues to take place and individuals are putting lives – both their own and others on the road – in jeopardy.