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When you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs including some prescription and over-the-counter medications you pose a danger to yourself, your passengers, and others on the road. Stimulants, like amphetamines and cocaine, can lead to speeding or erratic driving as well as increased risk taking behind the wheel. If you take prescription medication , whether it has been prescribed to you or not, be aware of the potential driving risks.
If you are feeling drowsy, aggressive, dizzy, nauseous, light-headed or shaky, it can be dangerous to drive as this may impair your vision and ability to concentrate. Combining different stimulants can multiply this effect, putting greater stress on the body, particularly the heart and other vital organs, and can lead to:.
Psychedelics , such as LSD , magic mushrooms and mescaline, distort a person's perception of reality. MDMA and cannabis may also have some hallucinogenic effects. Taking these drugs can lead to seeing or hearing things that aren't really there or experiencing real things in a distorted way.
The effects of psychedelics vary and combining two or more drugs of this type can have unpredictable effects on driving ability. This includes the mixing of illegal and legal drugs, as well as combinations of legal drugs such as drinking alcohol while taking over-the-counter or prescription medication.
For example, if alcohol and cannabis are used together, a person will become more impaired at a quicker rate than if using either one on its own. Combining drugs that have different effects also reduces coordination , hindering your ability to drive.
Some examples include mixing alcohol with MDMA, or cocaine with benzodiazepines. If you are going to consume alcohol or other drugs, including prescription medications, plan ahead to reduce the risk of dangerous driving. Alternative transport options include:. Remember, drugs can continue to affect you the next day and tiredness, hangovers and 'coming down' can impact your ability to drive safely. Young drivers: information for parents. evidence on the ADF Library. Print Insights Drugs and driving Back to Insights. November 5, Drugs and driving. Drug driving is a serious road safety issue.
Combining different depressants or opioids can multiply this effect and lead to: reduced reaction times reduced concentration drowsiness difficulty processing information difficulty doing more than one thing at a time e. Combining different stimulants can multiply this effect, putting greater stress on the body, particularly the heart and other vital organs, and can lead to: attention difficulties tendency to fidget aggressive and dangerous driving increased risk taking over-confidence in driving skills.
Psychedelics Psychedelics , such as LSD , magic mushrooms and mescaline, distort a person's perception of reality. As a general guide, some of the effects of psychedelic drugs include: hallucinations confused thinking blurred vision reduced coordination. The risk of having a crash while under the influence of two or more drugs is high. You may feel capable of driving, but in reality—you might be intoxicated.
If you use drugs, the safest option is not to drive. Drugs and driving — things to remember Alcohol and other drugs can affect you long after the immediate impact of the substances appears to have worn off. All drivers, whether young or old, should avoid driving if they have recently consumed alcohol or other drugs. Speak to a health professional and read the packaging information or a Consumer Medication Information sheet CMI before mixing medications, alcohol or other drugs. Tell your doctor about all the drugs that you use including prescribed, over-the-counter and illegal drugs.
They can help minimise the risk of unwanted interactions between drugs. Plan ahead: safe transport If you are going to consume alcohol or other drugs, including prescription medications, plan ahead to reduce the risk of dangerous driving. Alternative transport options include: organising a driver who will not have drugs in their system arranging a friend or family member to pick you up using public transport or a taxi staying overnight.
More information on safe driving: Medications and fitness to drive Roide drug testing Blood alcohol levels Driving - reduce the risks Young drivers: information for parents Information for commercial drivers evidence on the ADF Library. Transport Accident Commission.
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Help your teen understand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.