Consumer Reports published an article entitled,
“Too Many Meds? America’s Love Affair With Prescription Medication.” According to
Consumer Reports, “The total number of prescriptions filled by all Americans, including
adults and children has increased by 85 percent over two decades, while
the total U.S. population has increased by only 21 percent.” America’s
harmful pill habit comes in the following forms:
- Taking too many prescription drugs.
- Taking drugs that the person doesn’t need.
- Taking drugs before they’re needed (prematurely).
The experts consulted by
Consumer Reports said it’s a culture encouraged by the heavy marketing of drug companies
and a healthcare system that’s increasingly under more pressure.
The result? Writing a prescription becomes the easiest way for healthcare
providers to handle patient concerns.
Prescription Drug DWI in Plano & Dallas
Why do we bring up America’s love affair with prescription drugs?
Because, we’re seeing the effects firsthand in our number of
DWI with drug cases. Under
Section 49.04(a) of the Texas Penal Code, “A person commits an offense if the person
is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place.”
Section 49.01(2)(A) of the Texas Penal Code defines intoxicated as “not
having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the
introduction of alcohol, a
controlled substance, a
drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or
any other substance in the body.” Intoxicated also includes having
a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more.
According to the
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), “some medications and driving don’t mix,” and
we can’t agree more. “While most medications don’t affect
driving ability, some prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines
can cause reactions that may make it unsafe to drive,” says the FDA.
Prescriptions that require caution while driving:
- Sleeping pills
- Pain relievers
- Anxiety drugs
- Some antidepressants
- Products with codeine
- Some cold and allergy medications
To learn more about the drugged driving epidemic in the U.S., check out
this article published by CNN on April 28, 2017 entitled:
‘Drugged driving’ surpasses drunken driving among drivers killed
in crashes, report finds.
Are you facing DWI of drugs charges in Plano or Dallas? If so,
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to work with our
DWI defense team.