Since 1995, instances of auto accident deaths have increased by seven times with drivers who were under the influence of opioids, according to a study conducted at Columbia University. The study researched drivers in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Rhode Island, and West Virginia who died within one hour of being in an accident.
Research showed that the percentage of drivers with prescription opioids in their system rose from 1% in 1995 to 7.2% in 2015. The three most commonly detected opioids were codeine, morphine, and oxycodone. Nearly 70% of those who tested positive for opioids also tested positive for other drugs and 30% also had elevated blood alcohol levels.
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