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Prescription Medication

There’s more than one way to drive under the influence. Like drunk driving, drugged driving is also impaired driving. Even legally prescribed medications can affect your ability to safely operate a vehicle.

Given the fact that more than half of Americans use prescription medications, it is crucial to read the labels of any prescription(s) you take and to ask your doctor or pharmacist about potential side effects — especially any that affect your ability to drive. The same is true for some over-the-counter medications, especially those that can make you drowsy like Benadryl.

It’s important to note that combining alcohol with any other drug, including prescription medications and marijuana, can lead to a higher level of impairment and have longer-lasting effects.

If you drive under the influence of any drug — legal or illegal, prescribed or not — you can be arrested for DUI. Not only is it illegal, but drug-impaired driving also risks the lives of drivers, their passengers and others on the road.

Need to dispose of old medication? Click here for proper disposal tips or find the nearest drop-off location to you.

Please note that Take Back boxes cannot be used to dispose of needles, syringes or inhalers. Click here for more information on those specific items.

Last Modified on Dec 01, 2023
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