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NIDA. (2019, January 28). What Is Drugged Driving?. Retrieved from

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The NIDA Blog Team
January 28 2019
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Drugged driving is driving under the influence of legal or illegal substances. Many people know it isn’t safe to drive after drinking alcohol. It’s also unsafe to drive after using illicit drugs or after misusing prescription drugs.

Driving under the influence of drugs is dangerous not just for the person using drugs, but also for passengers and other people who share the road. And drugged driving is against the law.

What are the effects of drugs on driving?

Marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, opioids, sedatives, and alcohol all make driving unsafe.

How can you help prevent drugged driving?

  • Find a safe ride to and from any party. If you end up without a safe ride home, call a sober friend, a parent, or another trusted adult.
  • If you have a valid driver’s license, offer to be a designated driver.
  • Speak up!  Talk with your friends about the risks of drugged driving.
  • Hold an event or activity that focuses on drugged driving during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® March 30-April 5, 2020.

Learn more: How much do you really know about drugs and drug use?