HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Marijuana Not A Factor In Driving Accidents

The safety hazards of smoking marijuana and driving are overrated, says University of Toronto researcher Alison Smiley.

Recent research into impairment and traffic accident reports from several countries shows that marijuana taken alone in moderate amounts does not significantly increase a driver's risk of causing an accident -- unlike alcohol, says Smiley, an adjunct professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering. While smoking marijuana does impair driving ability, it does not share alcohol's effect on judgment. Drivers on marijuana remain aware of their impairment, prompting them to slow down and drive more cautiously to compensate, she says.

"Both substances impair performance," Smiley says. "However, the more cautious behaviour of subjects who received marijuana decreases the drug's impact on performance. Their behaviour is more appropriate to their impairment, whereas subjects who received alcohol tend to drive in a more risky manner."

Smiley, who has studied transportation safety for over 25 years, drew her results from a "metanalysis" of existing research into the effects of marijuana on driving ability, combined with traffic accident statistics in the United States and Australia. Previous studies showing stronger effects often combined "fairly hefty doses" by researchers with driving immediately after consumption, likely exaggerating the drug's effects, she believes.

While Smiley does not advocate legalizing the drug, she says her results should be considered by those debating mandatory drug tests for users of transportation equipment such as truck or train drivers, or the decriminalization of marijuana for medical use. "There's an assumption that because marijuana is illegal, it must increase the risk of an accident. We should try to just stick to the facts."

Smiley presented her findings at a symposium of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Florida in February. Her paper was also published in Healt
'"/>

Contact: Alison Smiley
smiley@ecf.utoronto.ca
416-596-1252
University of Toronto
30-Mar-1999


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Marijuana ingredient may stall decline from Alzheimers
2. Marijuana use affects blood flow in brain even after abstinence
3. Marijuana associated with same respiratory symptoms as tobacco
4. Marijuana-like compounds may aid array of debiliating conditions ranging from Parkinsons to pain
5. Marijuana-derived compound targets pain, inflammation
6. Marijuana use linked to hallucinogen use
7. Marijuanas impact on intelligence
8. Marijuana-derived drug less effective than standard drug for improving appetite and weight in patients with advanced cancer
9. Marijuana use rises and falls with price and perceived harm, study shows
10. UCSF Study In Rats Suggests Synthetic Drug Mimicking Marijuana Might Be Used To Treat Pain
11. Teen Marijuana Use Is Fueled By Change In Attitudes

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/1/2020)... TAMPA, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... July 01, 2020 ... ... biotechnology LLC specializing in the clinical development of psychedelics and analogues, announces its ... years combined experience in natural product drug discovery, novel formulations, and as distinguished ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... 2020 , ... The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) ... ANSI/APSP/ICC-7 2013 American National Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance In Swimming Pools, Wading ... the PHTA-7 Standard Writing Committee (SWC) for Suction Entrapment Avoidance in Swimming Pools, ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2020 , ... ... Inland Detox, the Inland Empire’s premier residential addiction treatment center, proudly announces that ... that now includes special preparation for recovery in a world affected by Covid-19. ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... LEXINGTON, Mass. (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2020 ... ... its FSHD Connect Classroom, the first online, full-day educational conference in the organization’s ... educational meeting for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), which was cancelled this year due ...
(Date:6/25/2020)... ... June 25, 2020 , ... Denials Management, Inc. has just published ... steps when filing appeals for denials of mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) ... about their appeal rights and explain the steps in the appeals process. Complimentary ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2020)... ... June 24, 2020 , ... ... number of common questions on County Line Chiropractic’s YouTube channel. Dr. ... , County Line Chiropractic has six locations in the South Florida area, including ...
(Date:6/23/2020)... ... June 23, 2020 , ... ... a leading provider of center-based, Applied Behavioral Analysis ("ABA") therapy, today announced ... provider in the greater-Indianapolis market. This acquisition will make Lighthouse Autism Center ...
(Date:6/19/2020)... ... June 19, 2020 , ... Food Equality Initiative ... individuals diagnosed with food allergies and celiac disease announced the first of the “ ... This webinar is scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2020, from 11:00, am EST - ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: