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Moane, S and Leavy, CP and Cusack, Denis A (2001) Drugs driving in Ireland: a preliminary study of the prevalence of driving under the influence of drugs on Irish roads. Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, 7, (1), pp. 21-23.

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Driving under the influence of alcohol on Irish roads is well publicised. In 1999, of the 8,476 sampler submitted by the Gardai to the Medical Bureau of Road safety for alcohol analysis, 92 per cent were over the legal alcohol limit.

The results presented in this paper indicate that there has been a significant increase in driving under the influence of drugs in Irish roads since 1987, when 14.6 per cent of samples (under the legal alcohol limit) tested were found positive for drugs. This preliminary study has found that the percentage has risen to approximately 37 per cent. The extensive survey being carried out in 2000/2001 will identify true trends in the types of drugs being taken, their combination with alcohol, and the extent of polydrug use. This work also highlights the importance- of confirmatory analysis in the interpretation of drug screening results.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Date
2001
Page Range
pp. 21-23
Publisher
Thomson Round Hall
Volume
7
Number
1
Notes
First published in Medico-legal journal of Ireland, 2001, pp.21-23. Reproduced with kind permission of Thompson Round Hall (Periodical Article)
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 875 (Electronic Only)

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