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Marijuana And Crash Risk

October 13, 2011 by staff 

Marijuana And Crash RiskMarijuana And Crash Risk, Researchers at Columbia University conducted a meta-analysis and that drivers who test positive for marijuana or report driving within three hours of marijuana use are more than twice as likely as other drivers to be involved in accidents car.

They also found evidence that the risk of accidents increases with the concentration of marijuana produces compounds in the urine and frequency of marijuana use of self-reported.

Theanlysis indicates that 28 percent of fatally injured drivers and more than 11 percent of the general driving population tested positive for drugs or alcohol, marijuana is the most commonly detected substance.

Guohua Li, MD, DrPH, professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Columbia University of Public Health, and colleagues said that although thisanlysis provides evidence of an association between marijuana use and the risk of accident , one must be cautious in inferring causality of these epidemiological data alone.

However, “if the risk of accidents associated with marijuana is confirmed by further research, it is likely that this has important implications for driving safety and public policy. They also play a role in the information policy on the use of medical marijuana, “they added.

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