Rise of Fatally Injured Motorists Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

05 June 2018
Rise of Fatally Injured Motorists Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

In 2016 an estimated 22.3% of fatally injured motorists in America tested positive for marijuana, a figure which has steadily increased in recent years. The Governors Highway Safety Association recently completed a study on drug prevalence regarding vehicle fatalities. The report found that in the same year 44% of motorists killed in an automobile tested positive for one or more substances, an increase of 28% in 10 years and higher than the 37.9% that tested positive for alcohol.

Marijuana was the most commonly abused drug for tested drivers, causing a concern over normalisation due to many states decriminalising the substance. U.S. News & World Report highlighted that “the decline in alcohol related deaths could also be due to the strong societal consensus that drunk driving is bad.”

The study documented the urgent need for impairment screening methods that can use oral fluid matrices to detect marijuana and other substances that prove difficult to detect. Randox Toxicology offer the most comprehensive drugs of abuse screening test menu, which is available across multiple forensic matrices including oral fluid, urine and whole blood. Boasting cutting-edge multiplex testing capabilities, our Biochip Array Technology provides rapid and accurate drug detection from a single sample.

Utilising our patented Biochip Array Technology, Randox Toxicology’s DUID Driving Under the Influence of Drugs panel offers a large cross-reactivity profiling with extensive specificity of over 240 analytes. Our multi-analyte testing platform allows toxicologists to achieve a complete immunoassay profile in the initial screening phase, offering CVs typically less than 10%.

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