Drug is one of the major causes of road accident, hence this topic drugs and driving. The consumption of any substance that can cause side effects such as poor judgment, over confidence, recklessness, baseless euphoria, is called drugs. With this state of mind, any driver under the influence of drugs inadvertently becomes a terror on the road. If he is driving a truck, it becomes an instrument of intimidation to all other road users.
Usually, these may be prescription drugs. Taken on the advice of a medical practitioner. Normally, the concern of the medical practitioner is the physiological welfare of his patient only.
Drug abuse is the chronic or habitual use of any drug, chemical or substance to alter the state of the body or mind for other than medically warranted purposes. Drug abuse usually stems from the aspiration to enhance mental, physical or social performance, driven by the inordinate desire to excel. And to get self-satisfaction.
All drugs has a risk potential. Asides over dose reaction, body acceptance of a particular drug varies from one individual to the other. For instance chloroquine may induce headache, blurred vision, itching, outright shock in different individuals
What You Should Know About Drugs And Driving
In many countries of the world, it is illegal to operate a vehicle with any detectable level of a prohibited drug, or its metabolites in the driver’s blood. Driving under the influence of drugs is defined as driving when a drug renders the driver incapable of driving safely or cause the driver to be impaired.
Drugs act on the brain and can alter perceptions, cognition, attention, balance coordination and other faculties required for safe driving. The effect of specific drugs of abuse differ depending on their mechanisms of action, the amount consumed, the history of the user and other factors
Common Excuses For Abusing Drugs
- Enhance strength and stamina
- Increase muscle mass
- Remain alert
- Build confidence
- Suppose pain
- Relax the body
- Remove natural inhibitors
The compulsion to use drugs to experience the inordinate desired effects, or avoid discomfort from its absence leads to dependence. Dependence occurs when a substance abuser can not do without the substance. It becomes his first priority. And he can take any risk like begging, stealing, prostituting, cheating, fraud, to obtain the substance.
Even if the addict can muster the will power to discontinue the use of such drugs, his body usually experience withdrawal symptoms. Very uncomfortable reactions. The frequent dosing results to spending more money, risk of overdosing and subsequent painful death.
Most times it is extremely difficult for addicts to stop abusing substance on their own unless they undergo medical treatment and other assistance. The tendency to increase the quantity of the substance taken to obtain the usual desired effect causes tolerance, which eventually leads to addiction. When a person becomes addicted to drug, his ability for rational reasoning is totally lost. His body will require more frequent and increased doses of the abuse substance to achieve the false high feelings.
Drug Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms
The withdrawal symptoms of drug abuse are experienced when the substance is discontinued or its dose is decreased. They include
- Severe pain
- Severe depression
- Mood swings
- Suicidal tendencies
- Psychoses(mental disorder)
- Coma and death.
For more information read, effects of alcohol on driving or cause of drowsy driving