Drug-Impaired Driving by Youth Remains Serious Problem.
Large numbers of American adolescents are putting themselves and
others at great risk by driving while under the influence of illicit
drugs or alcohol, according to a study funded by the National Institute
on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). In 2006, 30 percent of high school seniors reported driving
after drinking heavily or using drugs, or riding in a car whose
driver had been drinking heavily or using drugs, at least once
in the prior two weeks. These findings are based on data obtained
from the Monitoring the Future study, in which nationally representative
samples of high school seniors have been surveyed annually since
1975. The data analysis is published in the November issue of the
"Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs".
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